Stone Butch Blues
Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence.Woman or man? That’s the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in... show more
Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence.Woman or man? That’s the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950’s, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist ’60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early ’70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.Leslie Feinberg is also the author of Trans Liberation, Trans Gender Warriors and Transgender Liberation, and is a noted activist and speaker on transgender issues.
Publish date: November 2003
Publisher: Alyson Books
Pages no: 308
Edition language: English
I've held onto this book for awhile, always hesitating to read it because I knew it would be tough read - reviews spoke of the rough style of the writing, and the subject matter - a young woman deciding to pass as a man in the 1950-60s midwest? That is some dark territory. It's important to write ab...
"She pointed to the circle the ring cast on the ground. I nodded, acknowledging that the shadow was as real as the ring. She smiled and waved her hand in the space between the ring and its shadow. Isn't this distance also real?" Warning: This is a ramble. THIS is the book that caused my recent ...
This novel moved me. I was crying in parts. If you haven't read this novel yet, you should.
A voice from the borderlands of gender, from someone damaged by a society trying to force one-thing-or-the-other. This is an autobiographical novel. The main character found belonging for a little while in the world of butch-femme culture during the sixties, but that culture didn't last and once aga...
I reread this a few years ago and was amazed by how powerful the writing still is. Even though it's nominally fiction, it still has the force of memoir.