Queer 21st Century Novels and Short Story Collections (including YA!)

By Book Moon

By Book Moon

Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel

Julian K. Jarboe


In this Lambda Literary Award winning collection of body-horror fairy tales and mid-apocalyptic cyberpunk, memory and myth are the tools of storyteller Jarboe, a talent in the field of queer fabulism.

In Other Lands

Sarah Rees Brennan

$16.00 $14.72

For fans of TJ Klune’s YA novels. Elliot is…annoying, but you find yourself getting more attached with every page. (Who among us hasn’t become obnoxious as a coping mechanism, honestly?) Queer to a fault, delightfully throws shade at fantasy tropes & gender roles alike; made me laugh out loud every other page (sorry, coworkers!) I loved this one. — Kate

Heaven Official's Blessing: Tian Guan CI Fu (Novel) Vol. 1

Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and Zeldacw

$19.99 $18.39

Born the crown prince of a prosperous kingdom, Xie Lian was renowned for his beauty, strength, and purity. His years of dedicted study and noble deeds allowed him to ascend to godhood. But those who rise may also fall, and fall he does--

Under the Whispering Door

Tj Klune

$26.99 $24.83

Welcome to Charon's Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

$26.00 $23.92

A poignant, heartbreakingly beautiful novel about a mother and son and the trauma they've both endured. Both a coming of age story and a story of survival, Vuong's prose holds us in its grip and does not let go. This novel truly is gorgeous. (Adult, Gay)

Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

$24.95 $22.95

Kristen Arnett's debut novel, Mostly Dead Things is a well crafted tragicomic that left me smiling and devastated. Our narrator is a middle aged lesbian living off beer and past memories and regrets growing up in central Florida. A family tragedy occurs, setting off a chain of events that changes the narrator's life for better and maybe for worse, revealing just how complicated some families can be. (Adult, Lesbian)

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

$18.00 $16.56

A beast of a novel, A Little Life is an epic story (700 pages worth) told at a micro scale. The reader finds herself intimately familiar with the main character's traumas and abuse—graphic, visceral in content. The book is fleshed out by happier scenes of friendship to balance out the horrific trauma. A heavy read both literally and figuratively, A Little Life is an important work but a difficult one but there is beauty in its darkness. (Adult, Gay)


Jeffrey Eugenides

$20.00 $18.40

Already deemed a classic by some, Middlesex tells the story of a girl discovering and uncovering mysteries of her family's past and discovering questions about her own identity but also its future. (Adult, Transgender/Intersex/Gender Identity)

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Carmen Maria Machado

$16.00 $14.72

Where to begin with Carmen Maria Machado. Every one of these short stories will leave you with questions and images that will haunt you for days. Machado loves a good haunting, and you'll find a theme of horror and fantasy-folklore floating through the pages. Each story centers around a different woman's perspective on her life and ruminates on the darkness within it, and how society has influenced that darkness. I found each and every one breathtaking. (Adult, Lesbian/Bi, Short Stories)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

$11.99 $11.03

The book that inspired the coming of age movie "Love, Simon," this book is a thoughtful and delightful story about a boy in highschool with a secret. Through an anonymous exchange of emails, the boy—Simon, falls in love with his secret pen pal. But when those emails are exposed, Simon has to make some hard choices that will affect him for the rest of his life. Does his secret pen pal love him back? An enjoyable read for both teenagers and adults. (YA, Gay, Romance)

Confessions of the Fox

Jordy Rosenberg

$17.00 $15.64

Set in the eighteenth century London underworld, this bawdy, genre-bending novel reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation. (Adult, Transgender, Speculative fiction)


Malinda Lo

$10.99 $10.11

Malinda Lo's YA novel, "Ash", is a queer retelling of a cinderella story. Ash hopes to be saved from her miserable circumstances, trapped with her evil step-mother. She wishes to be saved by the fairies, but her wishes don't quite go as planned, for there are evil fairies in this world as well as good. She finds hope in the King's daughter and huntress, Kaisa. Romantic and empowering, this fairytale story is poignant and complex in its themes of grief, life, and true love. (YA, Lesbian, Fantasy)

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

$26.00 $23.92

“In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss….With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature.” – NPR (Adult, Queer)

Wilder Girls

Rory Power

$18.99 $17.47

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This novel is dark but powerful—an amazing debut. (YA-Adult, Lesbian, Mystery)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James

$30.00 $27.60

Marlon James's writing always shocks and mystifies me, especially in this new fantasy novel. It contains that Marlon James style violence, visceral and real. The tone is dark and the folklore and world-building is unparalleled. (Adult, Gay, Fantasy)

The Trans Space Octopus Congregation

Bogi Takács


"Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strange capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be found inside; a team of scientists perform some reverse-engineering on a space station and shapeshifting becomes political; and other tales of AI, hybrids, and the far future."--Lethe Press (Adult, LGBTQ, speculative fiction short story collection)

Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden

$18.99 $17.47

The graphic novel Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden. A magical realist adventure. (YA ages 16 and up, Lesbian, Graphic Novel)

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

$16.99 $15.63

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? "I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy—this book had everything I crave. I’m jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!" - Christina Lauren (Adult, Gay, Romantic Comedy)


Will Eaves

$16.98 $15.62

"[Murmur will] grip your mind in the very first pages, break your heart halfway through, and in the end, strangely, unexpectedly, restore your faith in human beings and their endless capacity for resilience.” ―Elif Shafak in the Guardian(Adult, Gay, Historical Fiction, Epistolary)

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

Kai Ashante Wilson

$13.99 $12.87

"Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery."--Kai Ashante Wilson (Adult novella, Black, Gay, Sci-fi)

On a Sunbeam

Tillie Walden

$21.99 $20.23

"My initial goal with Sunbeam was to create a version of outer space that I would want to live in. So of course that includes tons of queer people, no men (did you notice?), trees, old buildings, and endless constellations. "--author Tillie Walden (YA ages 12 and up, graphic novel, Lesbian/Genderqueer, Sci-Fi/Time Travel, Romance, Graphic Novel)


Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau

$17.99 $16.55

"Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything."--Kirkus review (YA ages 12 and up, Gay, Romance)

Little Fish

Casey Plett

$17.95 $16.51

"It's the dead of winter in Winnipeg and Wendy Reimer, a thirty-year-old trans woman, feels like her life is frozen in place. When her Oma passes away Wendy receives an unexpected phone call from a distant family friend with a startling secret: Wendy's Opa (grandfather) -- a devout Mennonite farmer -- might have been transgender himself."--Arsenal Pulp Press (Adult, Transgender)

Gideon the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

$17.98 $16.54

Lesbian necromancers and sword fighting. I think that's all that needs to be said. (Adult, Lesbian)


April Daniels

$14.99 $13.79

"Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero falls out of the sky and dies at her [Danny Tozer's] feet, and she inherits the mantle that carries his powers. And the first thing the mantle does, in addition to giving her superstrength, near-invulnerability, and the ability to fly, is transform her into her ideal body."--Liz Bourke (YA series, Trans lesbian)