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Happy Mardi Gras reads for the weekend

March 5, 2021

Books by, about and for the LGBTQ+ community this Mardi Gras

For the weekend ahead (and more), we wanted to share with you a few new and upcoming books to get you in the spirit for Mardi Gras. Across all genres and ages, there’s something for every reader below.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, winner of the Booker Prize 2020, lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann is a hilarious, life-affirming novel about all the big stuff: love, sex, death, family, heartbreak, kittens . . . and kisses that turn the whole world upside down.

The Doors of Eden from Adrian Tchaikovsky is an extraordinary feat of the imagination and a page-turning adventure. Writing at the top of his game, The Doors of Eden is a breathtaking novel from a bestselling author.

Fall wig first into a world of big hair, high heels and even higher stakes in George Lester’s debut novel Boy Queen.

From Casey McQuiston, author of the incredible Red, White & Royal Blue, comes One Last Stop, out later this year. This is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

Coming soon from Kaya Wilson, As Beautiful As Any Other makes a case for the strength we find when we confront the complexities of our identity with compassion. It is a trailblazing debut of remarkable beauty, insight and candour.

Harrow the Ninth, from Tamsyn Muir and the follow-up to the smash hit, Gideon the Ninth. After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem.

You can find more recommendations in our previous Mardi Gras book round up, as well as books for Pride Month. Have a happy and safe weekend.

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