The Boy in the Lake by Eric Swanson

The Boy in the Lake

Eric Swanson

This is about a gay man returning to his childhood home and confronting his past. I found it a very convincing description of what it's like to grow up gay, including both first love and homophobia. Be prepared for an intense but somewhat downbeat read.

Extract

Reis lay quite still a few seconds longer. Abruptly, he flipped over and put his arms around my waist and squeezed. We both pulled away almost immediately.

Parallels
  • The Weekend by Peter Cameron
  • Family Dancing by David Leavitt
  • The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
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Violence
Explicit sexual content