My Brother’s Husband
Gengoroh Tagame and Anne Ishii
The career trajectory of out author Anne Balay is flush with detours. It starts with an English Ph.D., shifts to car mechanic and transitions back to teaching. Then, there’s a book written, tenure denied — and a sharp turn to professional truck driver.
Out gay author Dale Peck’s debut novel “Martin and John,” came out 25 years ago and helped establish him as a writer of note. Meanwhile, his latest novel, “Night Soil,” has just been published and it’s a testament to Peck’s literary talents.
Rebecca Makkai’s masterful novel, “The Great Believers,” opens in 1985 with Yale Tishman attending a memorial service for Nico Marcus — his first real friend in Chicago — who has just died from AIDS. Nico’s younger sister, Fiona, is the protagonist of the book’s alternating chapters, which are set in 2015. She is heading to Paris to look for her daughter, Claire, whom she has not seen in some time.