What does it mean that three new gay novelists have trounced the old guard in garnering online reviews? While Ed White, Chris Bram, and Felice Picano's latest books have enjoyed wide mainstream praise including the NYT and The New Yorker and overall higher sales, they have each inspired fewer than 20 customer reviews on Amazon. Three new authors so far have been mainly ignored by the straight press yet they appear to be really connecting with readers, each earning an average of 4.5 stars with a very impressive 56, 125, or 155 customer reviews, respectively.
The most literary of the trio is Ryan Quinn's The Fall [Kindle], told in alternating voices from two boys and a girl -- gay film geek, football jock, and classical music prodigy -- at Pennsylvania's Florence University. Ryan is a 2003 NCAA champ and All-American skier who penned this essay about coming out to his team and that essay about whether or not gay books are gay.
The most fabulous is Justin Luke Zirilli's Gulliver Takes Manhattan [Kindle], about a 20-something's misadventures in NYC while working for a talent agency. Justin is a gay nightlife promoter and co-owner of BoiParty.
The sweetest is Jay Bell's Something Like Summer [Kindle], a love story that spans a decade as two Texan boys "discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies." A movie adaptation is in development from the team who made Judas Kiss.