Stone Butch Blues

Stone Butch Blues

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Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the "Ozzie and Harriet" McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever suffered or gloried in being different.

Title:Stone Butch Blues
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781555838539
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    Stone Butch Blues Reviews

  • a.novel.femme

    i teach this novel to college students, and have taught it for about three years now. there is no other book, in my opinion, that divides a class so radically -- some students love this book and cant ...

  • Morgan M. Page

    I had put off reading Stone Butch Blues for well over a decade. At first it was because I didn't think it was relevant to me, a young trans woman. Everyone framed it as "a lesbian novel" or meant for ...

  • Michael

    Full of pain and sadness, Stone Butch Blues thoughtfully reflects on working-class lesbian life in America across the twentieth century’s second half. Starting in the ‘50s, the coming-of-age novel...

  • Thomas

    4.5 starsOne of the best queer novels I have ever read, Stone Butch Blues takes us back to the 1950s, a time replete with police raids, union riots, the Vietnam war, Stonewall, and more. The novel fol...

  • Sprinkles

    Thank you, Twitter, for this one. Have you ever opened a book and just knew it was something meant for you to read? This is one.I'd only heard of this book in passing, being that I was vaguely familia...

  • Liz

    I do not give many 5-star ratings just because I consider a 5-star rating to be hard to attain by anyone. But I HAD to give 5-stars to this book. I almost feel as if it is cliche to say this book is A...

  • Kelly Rice

    Leslie Feinberg's novel is one of those books that pops up on lists of influential or otherwise 'Must Read' books over and over again. In nearly all of its reviews, people praise it for being groundbr...

  • El

    This entire story is so important, but before I get into that, I just want to share the most important words in this novel which come at the end in Feinberg's own Acknowledgements:"I am typing these w...

  • Natalie

    This one was difficult to rate. I give you a complicated review for a complicated book. This is a coming-of-age novel of sorts about a transgendered/gender queer person. To be honest, I wasn't that in...

  • Nikki

    This book destroyed me. Even when I put it down, I felt like I was still inside it. The narrator's pain and isolation are painted so vividly and with so much care that reading it is like being lovingl...