The gay novel of the summer is sixty years old. First published in Britain in the early 50s, it surprised some readers with its frank and beautifully captured relationship between two boys at boarding school. Sensitive Randall Thane worships an older lad named Felton. Built on interior concerns and deeply felt descriptions, In the Making [Kindle] reminded me of Denton Welch's work, which is an enormous compliment but perhaps not much of a leap because 1.) Green dedicated his first book of stories to Welch, and because 2.) the novel came recommended to me by Welch champion Peter Cameron (as well as from another excellent reader, A.C.). The Guardian places Green's style "between Proustian reverie and Jamesian analysis," while the TLS says "The tone is Forsterian, with occasional nods in the direction of Forrest Reid." Note: Welch, Proust, James, Foster, Reid -- four giants, and all five are gay. Get In the Making now. Autumn is the perfect time for this back to school marvel.
And for god's sake if you haven't yet, read Welch. Only yesterday in the NYTBR, Nicholson Baker, answering the question Which writers are egregiously overlooked or underrated? said, "Denton Welch deserves more of a fuss."