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Guide to Bi Fiction
Edited by Sheela Lambert
Alphabetized by Title

Please note: Descriptions are primarily a guide to the degree of
bisexuality in a given book, not a review or a synopsis of the story.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    Title: Ambidextrous: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel
    Author: Picano, Felice
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay with bisexual tendencies.
    Publisher: Plume
    Year: 1987
    Description:

    Title: Anxiety of Everyday Objects, The
    Author: Sheehan, Aurelie
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Penguin
    Year: 2004
    Description: Bisexual moments: four characters either express bisexual feelings, engage in bisexual behavior or appear to be experiencing bisexual feelings without fully realizing it. . This book has strong bisexual "tendencies" and a lot of bisexual subtext but no overt bisexuality. Good writing makes it worth reading.

    Title: Aquamarine
    Author: Anshaw, Carol
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi when she wrote it, now lesbian.
    Publisher: Mariner
    Year: 1997
    Description: Three part story. Each chapter represents one of three different possible lives the same character could have lived depending on different possible choices she made in her youth. The three chapters taken together, along with the ending, add up to bi. Creative and well-written.

    Title: Because They Wanted To
    Author: Gaitskill, Mary
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher:Scribner Paperback Fiction, NY
    Year: 1997
    Description: Short story collection. Stories with bi content include Orchid, Kiss and Tell, and The Wrong Thing.

    Title: Bruised Fruit: A Novel
    Author: Livia, Anna
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Lesbian?
    Publisher: Firebrand Books, Ithaca, NY
    Year: 1999
    Description: Four bi characters, one of which is a hemaphrodite, one heteroflexible and one a feminist serial killer, a few lesbians and even a couple straight (but not narrow) characters all wind up converging on a house in San Francisco in what turns out to be a quirky comic novel. Even though it starts off with child abuse, murder and domestic violence it manages to wind up an eccentric comedy about accepting oneself and finding love.

    Title: Crazy Cock
    Author: Miller, Henry
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Straight, but his wife was bi.
    Publisher: Grove Weidenfeld, NY
    Year: 1968
    Description: Henry Miller's fictionalized memoir and ode to jealousy about living in NYC with his bisexual wife, June, who brings her female lover to live with them.

    Title: Devil in Amber, The
    Author: Gatiss, Mark
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction, NY
    Year: 2006
    Description: Main character is a bisexual British secret service agent in his 50's. Set in the 1920's.

    Title: Doo-Lang Love
    Author: Chad Sosna
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: I-Universe
    Year: 2006
    Description: Fun gay novel that would have benefitted from a good editor. Unfortunately, the bisexual character is a very two dimensional stereotype.

    Title: Extra Man, The
    Author:Ames, Jonathan
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi-ish. "The gayest straight man in America."
    Publisher: Washington Square Press
    Year: 1988
    Description:

    Title: Fifth Sacred Thing, The
    Author: Starhawk
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: Bantam Books
    Year: 1993
    Description: Five positive bisexual protagonists add up to a very bisexual novel! Well written fantasy/sci fi. Bi female senior citizen character talks to her dead lovers, male and female, and to get advice. Five bi heroes.

    Title: Five Married Men
    Author: Brant, Martin
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Year: 2006
    Description: Tales of the closet.


    Title: French Postcards
    Author: Jane Merchant
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Spinsters Ink Books
    Year: 2006
    Description: Expat Housewife in France falls for another mother at her children's school. See review by Heather O'Neil: http://www.afterellen.com/Print/2007/7/acrossthepage

    Title: Frida: A Novel Based on the Life of Frida Kahlo
    Author: Mujica, Barbara
    Sexual Orientation of Author: ?
    Publisher: Penguin
    Year: 2001
    Description: Well crafted novel based on the life of renowned bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from the point of view of Frida's sister. Takes some liberties with the facts but captures her personality. This book tries to answer the question: Why did Frida's own sister have an affair with her husband, Diego Rivera? A great study of sibling jealousy.

    Title: Giovanni's Room
    Author: Baldwin, James
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: Delta
    Year: 2000
    Description:

    Title: Home at the End of the World, A
    Author: Cunningham, Michael
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York
    Year: 1990
    Description:

    Title: I Pass Like Night
    Author: Ames, Jonathan
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi-ish. "The gayest straight man in America."
    Publisher: Washington Square Press
    Year: 1989
    Description:

    Title: Inner Circle, The
    Author: Boyle, T. Coraghessan
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Penguin
    Year: 2004
    Description:

    Title: Jesus in Love
    Author: Kittredge, Cherry
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Lesbian minister.
    Publisher: Androgyne Press
    Year: 2006
    Description: Jesus as bisexual and multi-gendered and in love with both Mary Magdalen and John, but celibate. The author obviously knows her way around a spiritual experience and succeeds at describing them. Very poetic and brilliant, although it could have used a better editor. Worth reading anyway.



    Title: Life, Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness
    Author: Klein, Fritz
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: Harrington Park Press
    Year:
    Description: Surprisingly low on bisexual content, considering it was written by the father of the bi community. Will not win any literature prizes either.

    Title: Lucy: A Novel
    Author: Kincaid, Jamaica
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York
    Year: 1990
    Description:

    Title: Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, The
    Author: Spanbauer, Tom
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Year: 1991
    Description:

    Title: Michael Tolliver Lives
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Year: 2007
    Description: This is the latest installment of Tales of the City focusing on "Mouse" Michael Tolliver, now middle aged. This is basically a gay novel with one bisexual secondary character, Brian's 22yr old blogger daughter Shawna, who is openly bi. Maupin seems to trust his characters more in this novel and this time doesn't feel the need to throw in a crazy mystery plot, he just relies on human drama as well as touching base with most of the characters we loved from the previous volumes.

    Title: Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
    Author: Sarton, May
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: George J. McLeod Limited, Toronto
    Year: 1965
    Description: Main character, a writer, has husband, boyfriend, several girlfriends and girl crushes throughout her lifetime. Main character considered autobiographical in spirit.

    Title: My Worst Date: A Novel
    Author: Leddick, David
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Year: 1996
    Description: Coming of age novel about gay teen who dates older man who is also dating his mother. Bi character is somewhat sleazy but novel good.

    Title: Myra Breckenridge
    Author: Vidal, Gore
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher:
    Year: 1968
    Description: Fierce campy bisexual transexual satire.

    Title: Mysteries of Pittsburgh
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher:
    Year:
    Description: Classic college bisexual love triangle. Main character is bi.

    Title: N.P.
    Author: Yoshimoto, Banana
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Washington Square Press
    Year: 1990
    Description:

    Title: Orlando
    Author: Wolf, Virginia
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher:
    Year:
    Description: Not explicitly a bisexual novel, the main character changes sex half-way through as a "symbol" of bisexuality. This plot device was a way for Woolf to express her bisexuality without having to come out. (Remember that when this book was published in 1928, there was no public awareness of transgender so the change of sex read as fanciful to most readers and bisexual to those in the know.) Woolf, though married, had a relationship with the equally married Vita Sackville-West who had a habit of sometimes dressing like a man and calling herself Julian when with her female lovers. The character of Orlando represents Vita. Long, rambling, ponderous but historically significant.

    Title: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander: A Bisexual Regency Romance
    Author: Herendeen, Ann
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: AuthorHouse
    Year: 2005
    Description: Very bi central character and storyline. Very humorous.

    Title: Recession of the Magi
    Author: Tumblin III, Alfred L
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Year: 2006
    Description: Unreadable, derivative, gothic novel set in New Orleans. I couldn’t get past page 89 of 410 pages. If you do, let me know what happened.

    Title: Some Girls
    Author: McCloy, Kristin
    Sexual Orientation of Author: ? (I'm guessing bi)
    Publisher: Penguin
    Year: 1994
    Description:

    Title: Spin Control
    Author: Chris Moriarty
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Bantam Spectra
    Year: 2006
    Description: Very complex, to the point of impenetrable, sci-fi novel. We're not sure how bisexual it is because none of us could get through it.

    Title: Stir Fry
    Author: Donoghue, Emma
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Year: 1994
    Description:

    Title: Stolen
    Author: Annette Lapointe
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Anvil Press
    Year:
    Description: A novel about a basically gay character, a loner and professional thief, who has a one night stand with a chick. Not very bisexual.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 1
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: The Chronicle Publishing Company
    Year: 1978
    Description: A couple of bi characters in Vol I. The story becomes more and more bisexual as you follow the characters through successive volumes. Many of the "straight" characters become bi.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 2: More Tales of the City
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: The Chronicle Publishing Company
    Year: 1980
    Description:See Volume I.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 3: Further Tales of the City
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: The Chronicle Publishing Company
    Year: 1982
    Description: See Volume I.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 4: Babycakes
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: The Chronicle Publishing Company
    Year:
    Description: See Volume I.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 5: Significant Others
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Year: 1987
    Description: See Volume I.

    Title: Tales of the City, Volume 6: Sure of You
    Author: Maupin, Armistead
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay.
    Publisher: The Chronicle Publishing Company
    Year:
    Description: See Volume I.

    Title: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
    Author: Baldwin, James
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: The Dial Press, NY
    Year: 1968
    Description: This book is mostly about being black in America. There is a strong current of bisexuality that runs through the book, but it's not substantial, even though it keeps coming up until the last 42 pages, where it becomes a blatantly bisexual book. The main relationship is with Barbara, a white woman, a fellow actress, and his soul-mate. I think he saves it for last because he found it the most taboo. Dating a white woman was taboo enough for most of the book and was counterpointed by the (black) main character's hatred of whites.

    Title: Three Sides to Every Story
    Author: Nero, Clarence
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Gay
    Publisher: Harlem Moon
    Year: 2006
    Description: Main bisexual character torn between high school sweetheart gone wrong and prison boyfriend. Very bisexual, until the disappointing ending, when character inexplicably goes gay. Genre: commercial street fiction. Upside: all characters are african-american.

    Title: To Serve and Submit: A Novel of Fantasy
    Author: Wright, Susan
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi.
    Publisher: Penguin
    Year: 2006
    Description: This is mostly an S&M/B&D type novel with some bisexuality. The bisexuality is more psychosexual than emotional or romantic.

    Title: Tommy's Tale
    Author: Cumming, Alan
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi, queer.
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Year: 2002
    Description: Bisexual casual sex, drugs, partying, boyfriend at home and…parenting. Very bisexual but this book wont overturn any stereotypes except the one that says a guy with a boyfriend would not seek out girls on the side.

    Title: Vesuvius Club. The
    Author: Gatiss, Mark
    Sexual Orientation of Author:
    Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction, NY
    Year:
    Description:

    Title: Wake Up, Sir!
    Author: Ames, Jonathan
    Sexual Orientation of Author: Bi-ish. "The gayest straight man in America."
    Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction, NY
    Year: 2004
    Description: This book has bisexual tendencies rather than being overtly bisexual but is creative and well worth reading.



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