Why should a woman not like reading gay books? We might have different preferences than gay men but all in all I think that there are some lovely books out there and it is a pleasure to read or even re-read them.
1. Comfort & Joy by Jim Grimsley (it will always be my top favourite, the kind you take with you on a lonely island)(sadly this book is currently not in print, but it can be ordered through our supplier of second-hand books)(we can also order other, still in print, books by this author)
This is a complicated and difficult (but oh so beautiful) love story between Ford McKinney, a young doctor, offspring from a rich Savannah family and Dan Krell, of modest background and an administrator of the hospital where Ford is working, too. Dan is an HIV-positive haemophiliac who has had a very hard and not very nice childhood. His mother and his stepfather are living in a cemetery they own and manage for a living. Ford has difficulties with relationships and especially with his sexuality and his rigid parents do nothing to make anything easier. Dan has the advantage that his mother knows about him being gay, even if she has some difficulties accepting it, but at least she loves her son, whatever life he has chosen for himself.
The story shows how Ford and Dan’s relationship evolves, shows the up and downs for both of them without putting a veil over their problems. Dan’s haemophilia and HIV-positiveness are well handled, nothing is sugar-coated.
All in all Comfort & Joy is a very beautiful love story between two completely different men, with their good and bad sides. I have to confess that I own the first edition in French and the second, slightly revised edition in English. And I never get tired to re-read this story, on the contrary that the more I read it the more I love it.
2. The Charioteer by Mary Renault (this too will come with me on my lonely island)