8 New LGBTQ Books Coming This Week, July 9, 2024

8 New LGBTQ Books Coming This Week, July 9, 2024

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I know I say this every week, but there are so many exciting new queer books coming out today! First up, we have a fabulous family saga featuring a queer Indian-American woman as the main character that just made it to the top of my reading list. There’s also a tearjerking queer men’s story that’s being described as a “dirtbag Call me by your namea lesbian feminist spy in 1860s Nashville, a lesbian version of One true lovea meditation on humanity in an age of AI and androids, a “bury your gays” horror story, a pansexual YA story about the fight for abortion rights, and an Asian American look at the 1990s KarmillaThis might just be a record for the number of these new releases on my personal TBR.

New LGBTQ Releases This Week

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A Thousand Times Before by Asha Thanki (Sapphic Fiction)

When Nadya sits down with her wife Ayukta to discuss whether they should have a child, she expects a big, complicated conversation. What she doesn’t expect is for Ayukta to reveal that the women in her family share an inheritance: a magical tapestry that allows them to experience each other’s pasts and change the world in powerful—and dangerous—ways. Having a child would mean passing on this burden, but not having one would mean withholding an incredible gift. Together, they experience generations of women’s lives in Ayukta’s family to decide whether to add another generation to the chain.

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Everyone’s Mind by August Thompson (M/M Fiction)

At age 30, Theron learns that his childhood friend and first love, Jake, has died in a car accident. Theron and Jake had been in two car accidents as teenagers, but he was not in the last one. Theron reflects on the first time they met, smoking weed and listening to Metallica together, and the heartbreak of growing apart as young adults. It has received a lot of positive critical attention. Kirkus calls it a “dirtbag Call me by your name,” and all the reviews agree: this will make you cry.

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Daughters of Chaos by Jen Fawkes (Sapphic Historical Fiction)

In 1862, Sylvie Swift starts a new life for herself in Nashville, translating the works of a mysterious playwright and working as a spy for the Union Army Secret Service. Her work introduces her to a feminist society called the Cult of Chaos, which aims to “eradicate male violence.” Sylvie becomes fascinated by a member of the sisterhood named Hannah, and she becomes increasingly involved in the society’s mission. The publisher describes this story as “inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysi streets and the true story of Nashville’s attempt to banish its prostitutes during the American Civil War, Daughters of Chaos interweaves ‘found’ texts, fabulism and queer themes to question familiar ideas about history and family, warfare and power.”

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The Loves of Her Life by Haley Donnell (Sapphic Romance)

Looking for a sapphic version of One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Have I got the book for you! Hayden found the love of her life in Lizzie. They got married and moved to another country together, but then Lizzie was kidnapped and presumed dead. Kira helped get her life back on track, but just as they were engaged, Lizzie came back into Hayden’s life. Hayden asks for five dates to delay the choice between them, but she also hopes to convince them that there is no reason to choose at all…

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On the Road to Eternity by Anton Hur (Queer Speculative Fiction)

Anton Hur is an acclaimed translator of books like Bora Chung’s Cursed Bunny and Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds, and this is their debut as an author! In this speculative novel, a researcher creates a sentient AI he names Panit, meaning Beloved, in honor of his husband. In this world, a cure for cancer replaces cancer cells with robotic cells, also essentially making patients immortal. If “nano-humans,” sentient AIs, and androids are inextricably linked to life, On the way to eternity wonders what it means to be human.

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Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle (gay horror)

Chuck Tingle is back with his second horror novel! Misha is a gay screenwriter who broke into the industry with a long-running series that was recently nominated for an Oscar. But executives have a plan for next season’s finale: kill off the lesbian leads “for the algorithm.” Misha refuses, but then characters from his horror films begin stalking him—or at least people dressed as them. He and his friends will have to survive if they get sucked into Misha’s own deadly plans, because Misha refuses to be scared into burying his gays. (Here’s a brief history of the Bury Your Gays trope, if you’re curious!)

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Unbecoming by Seema Yasmin (Pansexual YA Contemporary)

Laylah and Noor are Muslim best friends growing up in a “not-too-far-away America” where abortion is illegal. They both have plans to fight against it after graduation, studying to become gynecologists and journalists, but they don’t wait until then to get started. They create a guide to getting an abortion in Texas with the help of an underground network of clinics, but Laylah is keeping a secret that makes this project all the more important to her. (Noor is pansexual.)

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Carmilla Volume 2: The Last Vampire Hunter by Amy Chu, Soo Lee, and Sal Cipriano (Sapphic horror graphic novel)

The long-awaited sequel to Carmilla: The First Vampire is here! Inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Chinese folklore, this graphic novel series transports the iconic lesbian vampire character to 1990s NYC Chinatown. This is a murder mystery starring a vampire hunter who finds herself in deep trouble when she encounters a powerful gang of Asian-American vampires.

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