Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Baldwin gives you gorgeous writing, but he’s also out to break your heart in a thousand little pieces. The novel is about David, a young American in Paris, who falls in love with an Italian bartender, Giovanni. It’s the 1950s and David has a girlfriend who has gone off to Spain to contemplate marrying him. From then on, nothing goes well for anyone except you, dear reader. You’ll get to contemplate important stuff like social isolation, homophobia and racism, with the incomparable Baldwin as your guide.