Under Consideration: February – March 2022

By Nadia Orozco-Sahi  

The following titles have been read and recommended for inclusion on the final list by at least one juror:

Fiction and Poetry

The Boy with a Bird in his Chest by Emme Lund
A heartbreaking yet hopeful novel about the things that make us unique and lovable, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest grapples with the fear, depression, and feelings of isolation that come with believing that we will never be loved, let alone accepted, for who we truly are, and learning to live fully and openly regardless.

Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander
Two very determined women – in love, at odds, and risking a lot on a second chance.

Dead Collection by Isaac Fellman
A whirlwind romance between an eccentric archivist and a grieving widow explores what it means to be at home in your own body in this clever, humorous, and heartfelt novel.

Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen
The contestants of a reality television dating show compete for love—and their lives—in this pulse-pounding and viciously funny fiction debut from the GLAAD Award–winning author of Real Queer America.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
Siren Queen offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every page.

You Better be Lightning by Andrea Gibson
You Better Be Lightning by Andrea Gibson is a queer, political, and feminist collection guided by self-reflection.

Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey
From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes a playful romance about a Manhattan bookstore owner and a reclusive author who love to hate—and hate to love—each other.

Nonfiction

Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change by Danica Roem
An inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation’s first openly trans person elected to US state legislature.

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