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5. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The author was only 23 at the novel’s publication, but it has been considered her finest work. The story follows deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various characters in a Georgia mill during the 1930s.
8. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The author was inspired by a mysterious woman she happened across in a shop. Due to the unconventional characters that defied stereotypes about homosexuality, the book was popular among lesbians in the 1950s and is now considered a classic.
27. I Am Not Myself These Days By Josh Kilmer-Purcell
A hilarious story of a New Yorker’s dual life as an advertiser by day, drag queen by night. Kilmer-Purcell has been described as a writer who, “straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor.”