Andrew Holleran Books In Order


  1. Dancer from the Dance (1978)
  2. Nights in Aruba (1983)
  3. The Beauty of Men (1996)
  4. Grief (2006)
  5. The Kingdom of Sand (2022)


  1. In September, the Light Changes (1999)

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Dancer from the Dance

One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York’s emerging gay scene. From Manhattan’s Everard Baths and after hours discos to Fire Island’s deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction. Hilarious, witty, and ultimately heartbreaking, Dancer from the Dance is truthful, provocative, outrageous fiction told in a voice as close to laughter as to tears.

Nights in Aruba

This groundbreaking novel of gay life centers around Paul, an uneasy commuter between two parallel worlds. He is the dutiful son of aging, upper middle class parents living in Florida, and a homosexual man plunged deliriously into the world of New York City’s bars, baths, and one night stands. With wry humor and subtle lyricism, Holleran reveals the tragedy and comedy of one man’s struggle to come to terms with middle age, homosexuality, truth, love, and life itself.

The Beauty of Men

Lark’s mourning over the loss of his youth and of friends and acquaintances, his visits to his dying mother, and his actual and remembered visits to boat docks and baths comprise a narrative of loneliness, aging, and obsessive desire. By the author of Dancer from the Dance. Tour.


In the tradition of Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, a beautiful novel destined to become a classic

Reeling from the recent death of his invalid mother, a worn, jaded professor comes to our nation s capital to recuperate from his loss. What he finds there in his repressed, lonely landlord, in the city s mood and architecture, and in the letters and journals of Mary Todd Lincoln shows him new, poignant truths about America, yearning, loneliness, and mourning itself.

Since Andrew Holleran first burst onto the scene with 1978 s groundbreaking Dancer from the Dance, which has been continuously in print, he has been dazzling readers and critics with his haunting, brilliant prose. The Publishing Triangle ranks Dancer from the Dance at 15 on its list of the 100 best lesbian and gay novels ever, along with titles by Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf. A new Andrew Holleran book is a major literary event; with Grief, Holleran is poised to reach a wider audience than ever before.

In September, the Light Changes

Andrew Holleran’s first novel, Dancer from the Dance, is recognized as a classic portrait of gay life in New York in the 1970s. His subsequent works, from Nights in Aruba and The Beauty of Men to the essays in Ground Zero, established Holleran as the preeminent voice in the contemporary gay literary canon. His fiction has earned comparisons to that of Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Holleran returns with a collection of sixteen powerful short stories. Exploring the lives and times of those who have lived past the exuberance of youth, these tales make for a moving journey across landscapes of regret and loss, shame and pride, loneliness and love. With a surprising yet sensitive comic touch, Andrew Holleran has written his most mature work to date a poignant, polished collection.’Like John Cheever’s work, these stories are suffused with a sense of magic and the possibility of grace.’ San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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