Big Gay Read
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City won First Place in Big Gay Read, which was launched last summer and invited readers across the country to nominate the novels they "cherished above all others".
I don't think I have to tell you quite a few of my favorite books just so happen to appear:
1 Tales of the City Armistead Maupin
2 Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters
3 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson
4 Trumpet Jackie Kay
=5 Fingersmith Sarah Waters
=5 Calendar Girl Stella Duffy
=5 The Long Firm Jake Arnott
6 At Swim, Two Boys Jamie O'Neill
7 Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx
8 The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst
9 Carol Patricia Highsmith
=10 Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown
=10 Desert of the Heart Jane Rule
=10 Rough Music Patrick Gale
=10 Crocodile Soup Julia Darling
Michael Schaub on Bookslut said exactly what I thought when I read it: Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain," which isn't a novel, made the top ten list. But no Giovanni's Room, which is kind of sad.
It's not just kind of sad, it's really, really sad. Other novels that were cruelly left out: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, Zami by Audré Lorde, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and probably many more that I'm not thinking of right now. But it's still cool.