LGBTuesdays: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
When reading Mackenzi Lee's fantastic work of fiction, two things become immediately apparent: this author is very well-versed in history and she is a ridiculously talented writer. Given Lee's background as a history major, the first fact is easily explained, but the second can only truly be confirmed by sitting down and reading this book. Set in the days leading up to the French Revolution, it details the adventures of an unwilling heir to a fortune as he embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe along with his best friend, his sister, and their chaperone. Within the first page, we are introducted to our main character with an open portrayal of his bisexuality. It's refreshing to read a book that is so open about bisexuality instead of the absolute scraps of representation that bisexual folks usually have to settle for. Even with this bisexual main character, the story delves deep into many subjects and doesn't make that the focus of the plot. Without spoiling the plot, you should know that this work covers pirates, depression, LGBT identities, misogyny, racism, alchemy, and PTSD with unwavering honestly and grace. No detail is treated as trivial, each character is allowed to be flawed and forgiven. You'll love every main character and when you're missing them all at the end of the book, pick up the sequel A Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy which came out this year.

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue