Leslie Richman, August 16, 2011 (view all comments by Leslie Richman)
Stone Butch Blues has both everything and nothing to do with sexuality and gender experiences. The character, Jess, is so utterly human and easy to relate to for anyone who has ever struggled with self vs. other. This book is absolutely beautiful from start to finish. Beauty is a strange currency to use when describing a story that includes so much pain, hatred, loneliness, and heartache, but it's the only halfway accurate way to describe the effect Feinberg's writing has on a reader. Recommended reading for anyone and everyone.
Emma, March 13, 2007 (view all comments by Emma)
This is the book that represents not only the transformation of the life of the protagonist, but of many individuals working to articulately address the complexities of both sexuality and gender presentation. From the first publication of Stone Butch Blues to its current reissue, the novel has become akin to a new generation's Stonewall, in defining truth of self and building community allegiance. Highly recommended for anyone--straight, queer, or other--who wishes to comprehend the greater nuances of sex and gender. A cornerstone achievement in literature.
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301 p. pages
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Jess, a working-class woman living as a man, survives a period of homelessness, tries to unionize fellow workers, worries about being found out, and searches for community while undergoing a secret transsexual operation.
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