ES­SEN­TIAL NY READ­ING

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Fag­gots by Larry Kramer

Bit­ing, boundary- push­ing and brim­ming with black hu­mour, Larry Kramer’s Fag­gots ranks as one of the most pi­o­neer­ing nov­els in the queer lit­er­ary canon. Pub­lished in 1978, the sex­ual satire is set in New York preAids cri­sis and fol­lows Fred Lem­ish on his quest to find love be­fore he turns 40, a search that takes him from bath­houses to the pines of Fire Is­land.

The Hours by Michael Cun­ning­ham

Tak­ing home the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, Michael Cun­ning­ham’s bona fide mas­ter­piece puts an in­spired spin on Vir­ginia Woolf’s Mrs Dal­loway, chart­ing the lives of three women decades apart. Th­ese in­clude Woolf her­self in the 1920s; a preg­nant For­ties house­wife; and, in mod­ern­day New York, les­bian edi­tor Clarissa Vaughan, who is plan­ning a party in hon­our of an Aids- stricken friend.

A Lit­tle Life by Hanya

Yanag­i­hara

Hanya Yanag­i­hara’s 2015 best- seller should come with a flood warn­ing be­cause of the tide of tears it is guar­an­teed to trig­ger. A Lit­tle Life delves into the friend­ship of four New York­ers: artist JB, ar­chi­tect Mal­colm, as­pir­ing ac­tor Willem and our main pro­tag­o­nist, Jude, an enig­matic lawyer with a deeply trou­bling past. A heart- break­ing, but es­sen­tial read.

The Catcher In The Rye by JD

Salinger

A real “bucket list” book, JD Salinger’s 1951 com­ing- of- age tale tags along with priv­i­leged teenager Holden Caulfield af­ter he has just been kicked out of yet an­other pri­vate school.

Not want­ing to face his par­ents, our alien­ated, older- than- his- years nar­ra­tor roams the streets of the city that never sleeps seek­ing dis­trac­tion — and he cer­tainly gets his wish dur­ing an en­counter with a bunch of pimps… A time­less tome.

Amer­i­can Psy­cho by Bret

Eas­ton El­lis

Patrick Bate­man ticks all the boxes: he is hot, earns a packet as a high­flyer on Wall Street, and can re­serve a ta­ble at the Big Ap­ple’s hottest restau­rants at a mo­ment’s no­tice. How­ever, there is a slight catch. The man is a psy­chopath with an all- too- lit­eral axe to grind ( shud­der). Hit­ting shelves back in 1991, this modern clas­sic will thrill and chill in equal mea­sure.

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