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[image: ten book covers arranged in two rows. a turquoise banner in the center bears the text: “epic reads: queer books > 400 pages”]

Recently, I wrote about queer novels under two hundred pages - those satisfying short reads that you might be able to finish in an afternoon or two. Today, I bring you a list of looong queer books which provide an entirely different kind of satisfaction.

Lengthier narratives allow writers to carefully construct a tapestry of details, to spin a web of complex characters, and to create a rich sense of a time and place. Lingering over a long novel can give you the opportunity to immerse yourself, to explore broadly or to dive deep, and to build a relationship with a character or a world.

Here are ten queer novels over 400 pages:

  • She Rises by Kate Worsley (432 pages): In this historical novel, romance and the open ocean beckon two protagonists towards the unknown. A young maid named Louise finds herself falling for her upper-class mistress while a young man named Luke tries to survive a new life aboard a warship and make his way back to his lost love.
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (801 pages): By far the longest on this list, some editions of Delany’s seminal 1970s spec-fic epic stretch over 900 pages. Within these dense pages, a protagonist who cannot remember his own name wanders through the landscape of Bellona, an isolated city in the center of the United States, where he has a series of unsettling and erotic encounters.
  • The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (639 pages): This Pulitzer Prize winner set in New York during the pre-WWII “Golden Age” of comics stars two Jewish teenagers who together create a hero called The Escapist. But like their real-life counterparts of the era, their ideas are exploited, and the runaway success of their character can’t offer relief from their personal struggles.
  • At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill (562 pages): Another thick historical novel - this one set in Ireland in 1915, the year preceding the Easter Uprising. Doyler Doyle, a tough and outspoken son of a soldier, promises to teach Jim Mack, a shy intellectual, how to swim. As their relationship deepens, they find themselves swept into the revolution and rocked by the tides of history.
  • Valmiki’s Daughter by Shani Mootoo (408 pages): Rich with sensory details that place the reader in Trinidad, this novel tells the story of a wealthy but troubled family. Valmiki and his eldest daughter Viveka, both stifled by heteronormative expectations, must decide to conform or struggle towards an authentic life.
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (582 pages): A con man called The Gentleman arrives at a household of petty thieves - fingersmiths - to offer an orphan named Sue the chance to make a fortune by inserting herself into the life of a noblewoman. In the pages of this tome, Waters weaves a Dickensian tale of intrigue, seduction, and deception.
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth (470 pages): This mature and captivating young adult novel follows the life of a small-town girl named Cameron Post. Cam is shocked to feel relief when her parents die in a car accident - because at least they’ll never know she kissed a girl. Instead, she must contend with her conservative aunt and God’s Promise, a camp that intends to “fix” her.
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith (560 pages): The king’s niece has an intelligence and intuition that borders on supernatural. With war and conflict looming, Hild takes on the role of a seer and becomes a valuable adviser to the crown. Drawing from the life of the real St. Hild of Whitby, Griffith evokes the seventh century world that Hild must navigate as well as her burgeoning sexuality.
  • The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (416 pages): An African goddess connects the stories of Mer, a slave in Haiti, Jeanne, a biracial artist in Paris, and Thais, a prostitute in Egypt. History, sex, magic, and the divine spill from the pages of Nalo Hopkinson’s immersive novel about these women of different eras who all seek freedom.
  • Hero by Perry Moore (428 pages): Thom Creed is keeping two big secrets: One is that he’s gay. The other is that he has superpowers. Superhero stories often serve as metaphors for feeling like a misfit, but this young adult novel explores the stress of growing up without being able to be yourself through both the explicit pain of homophobia and the lens of capes and masks.

Prefer short reads? Check out these queer books under 200 pages!

Famosos y sus signos:
  • Aries: Robert Downey Jr. , Charles Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Quentin Tarantino, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Miguel Bosé, Dennis Quaid, Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Gerard Way, Nina Agdal, Diana Ross, Jackie Chan, Sarah Vaughan, Gregory Peck, Tennessee Williams, Vincent Van Gogh, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gary Oldman, Russell Crowe, Zoe Sugg, Randy Orton, Jessie J, Big Sean, Shay Mitchell, Brendon Urie, James Franco, Marc Jacobs, Fergie, Guccio Gucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Leighton Meester
  • Tauro: Enrique Iglesias, David Beckham, Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Goerge Clooney, Al Pacino, Shemar Moore, Anahí, Cher, Channing Tatum, Jamie Dornan, Miranda Kerr, Gigi Hadid, Robert Pattinson, Reina Isabel ll, Audrey Hepburn, John Cena, William Shakespeare, Dwayne Johnson, James Brown, Salvador Dali, Jessica Lange, Adolf Hitler, Leonardo Da Vinci, Duke Ellington, Jason Lee, Chris Brown, Miranda Cosgrove, Sam Smith, Adele, Olly Murs, Jack & Finn Harries, Kellin Quinn, Sabrina Carpenter, Valentino, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Germán Garmendia, Mike Dirnt, Amber Heard, Stephen Amell, Joseph Morgan, Candice Accola, Rami Malek, Melanie Martinez, Birdy
  • Géminis: Dave Franco, John F. Kennedy, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Mario Casas, Paulina Rubio, Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp, Príncipe William, Lana Del Rey, Aaron Johnson, Hugh Laurie, Marilyn Monroe, Kanye West, Chris Evans, Lucy Hale, Dan Howell, Iggy Azalea, Tanya Burr, Kate Upton, Ice Cube, Jamie Oliver, Willa Holland, Daniel Brühl
  • Cáncer: Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Lady Di, Tom Cruise, Cheryl Cole, Jared Padalecki, Vin Diesel, Sofia Vergara, Chayanne, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Pamela Anderson, Robin Williams, Ringo Starr, Bill Cosby, Drake Bell, Ariana Grande, Giorgio Armani, Colton Haynes, Patrick Wilson, Messi, Nelson Mandela, Kevin Bacon, Cheryl Cole, Selena Gomez, Romeo Santos, Margot Robbie, Phoebe Tonkin, Steven R. McQueen, Sam Claflin, Sky Ferreira
  • Leo: Cher Lloyd, Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis, Chris Hemsworth, Madonna, Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, Paul Wesley, Antonio Banderas, Ben Barnes, Jennifer Lawrence, Sebastian Stan, Terry Crews, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Cara Delevingne, Coco Chanel, Michael Kors, Emilia Clarke, Juanes, Kylie Jenner, Domenico Dolce, Yves Saint Laurent, Adelaide Kane, Taylor Momsen, Jack O’Connell, Emily Kinney
  • Virgo: Beyonce, Pink, Chris Pine, Charlie Sheen, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hardy, Blake Libely, Joan Jett, Dylan O’brien, Marc Anthony, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zendaya Coleman, Bill Murray, Harry of Wales, Jimmy Fallon, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Cameron Dallas, Paul Walker, Nick Jonas, Ronaldo, Jason Derulo, Tom Ford, Jeff Hardy, Pia Mia, Joe Bastianich, Kat Graham, Wes Bentley, Ian Harding
  • Libra: Bella Thorne, John Lennon, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Zac Efron, Ninel Conde, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Celia Cruz, Eminem, Julio Iglesias, Bill Condon, Dakota Johnson, Kim Kardashian, Ralph Lauren, Holland Roden, Julio Iglesias, Donna Karan, Guillermo Del Toro, Ashlee Simpson, Candice Swanepoel, Christopher Waltz, Bruno Mars, Halsey, Max Irons
  • Escorpio: Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Calvin Klein, Tracy Morgan, Willow Smith, Scarlett Johansson, Rachel McAdams, Robert Patrick, Mackenzie Foy, Kevin Jonas, Kendall Jenner, Príncipe Carlos, Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner, Tyga, Nathan Kress, Matt Bennett, Lamar Odom, Gordon Ramsay, Stefano Gabbana, Daniel Swarovski, Josh Peck, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen, Conor Maynard
  • Sagitario: Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Nikki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Christina Aguilera, Julieta Venegas, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, Nelly Furtado, Bruce Lee, Augusto Pinochet, Tina Turner, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Jay Z, Ian Somerhalder, Rita Ora, Jake T. Austin, Walt Disney, Theo James, Sia, Gianni Versace, Amanda Seyfried, Marco Pierre White, Katie Holmes, Annasophia Robb, Jonah Hill, Til Schweiger,
  • Capricornio: Ricky Martin, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Elvis Presley, Al Capone, Orlando Bloom, Nina Dobrev, David Bowie, Alison Brie, Felicity Jones, Jared Leto, Louis Pasteur, Alex Turner, Nicolas Cage, Kate Moss, Donna Summer, Jim Carrey, Carolina Herrera, Stephen Hawking, Kate Middleton, Jude Law, Michelle Obama, Mel Gibson, Henry Miller, Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk, Graham Elliot, Norman Reedus, Andy Biersack, Jeremy Renner, Grant Gustin, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams, August Diehl
  • Acuario: Bob Marley, Shakira, James Dean, Enzo Ferrari, Michael Jordan, Axl Rose, Robbie Williams, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashton Kutcher, Harry Styles, John Travolta, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Paris Hilton, Doutzen Kroes, Ed Sheeran, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paul Newman, Gloria Trevi, Charles Darwin, Lana Turner, Christian Dior, Jennifer Aniston, Mia Farrow, W.A. Mozart, Bea Miller,  Príncipe Felipe, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Alice Cooper, Adam Lambert, Franco De Vita, Taylor Lutner, Victoria Justice, The Weeknd, Oprah Winfrey, Neymar Jr, Paco Rabanne, Linda Blair, Julio Verne, Benny Hill, Franco Zeffirelli, Federico Fellini, Danielle Campbell, Sasha Pieterse, David Bryan, Elizabeth Olsen, Avan Jogia, Natalie Dormer
  • Piscis: Rihanna, Jensen Ackles, Matthew Gray Gubler, Alexander, McQueen, Yuya, Adam Levine, Chuck Norris, Jon Bon Jovi, Dakota Fanning, Chris Martin, James Blunt, Ellen Page, Carlos Baute, Olivia Wilde, Bob Lowe, Timbaland, Kurt Cobain, Cindy Crawford, Steve Irwin, Peter Fonda, Steve Jobs, Victor Hugo, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor, Kesha, Diego Torres, Sasha Grey, Will.i.am, Lily Collins, Bruce Wills, Justin Bieber, Maite Perroni, Lee Marvin, George Washington, Miguel Angel, Franco Moschino, Kaya Scodelario, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Daddario, Kellan Lutz