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Tipping the Velvet, all 472 pages of it, is as saucy, as tantalizing, and as touching as the narrator's first encounter with the seductive but shame-ridden Miss Kitty Butler. And at first even Nancy's family is thrilled with her gender-bending pal, all but her sister, best friend, and bedmate, Alice, "her eyes shining cold and dull, with starlight and suspicion." Not to worry. Soon Nancy and Kitty are off to London, their relationship close though (alas for our heroine) sisterly. We know that bliss will come, and it does, in an exceptionally charged moment. A lesser author would have been content to stop her story there, but Waters has much more in mind for her buttonholing heroine, and for us. In brief, her Everywoman with a sexual difference goes from success onstage to heartbreak to a stint as a male prostitute (necessity truly is the mother of invention) to keeping house for a brother and sister in the Labour movement. And did I mention her long stint as a plaything in the pleasure palace of a rich Sapphist extraordinaire? Diana Lethaby is as cruel as she is carnal, and even the well-concealed Cavendish Ladies' Club isn't outré enough for her. Kitting Nancy out in full, elegant drag, she dares the front desk to turn them away. "We are here," she mocks, "for the sake of the irregular."
Only after some seven years of hard twists and sensual turns does Nancy conclude that a life of sensation is not enough. Still, Tipping the Velvet is so entertaining that readers will wish her sentimental--and hedonistic--education had taken twice as long. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is an intriguing and well-written story. This book was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book.Published 10 hours ago by H. Kim
THE COVER OF THIS BOOK GAVE A GOOD INDICATION OF THE CONTENTS. i DIDN'T GET VERY FAR WITH IT BECAUSE IT WAS TOTALLY SLOW AND BORING. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Janice Pucheu
Tipping the Velvet is a lesbian love story set in the boisterous London of the 1880-90s. The narrator is Nancy Astley, the daughter of a restaurateur in Whitstable, a town famous... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Steven Davis
I liked the historical aspect to this novel...you don't find much about this era's homosexual underground in London, especially in fiction. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Nam
the fact that it is wonderfully written lesbian historical literary fiction is even better. I have loved everything Sarah Waters has put out.Published 1 month ago by Moni
I read a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean several books per week and anything else I can lay my hands on This leads to a lot of substandard material as you might imagine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by edwardf
Sophisticated and compelling, the writing is exquisite and the story is never predictable. Having read many lesbian romance novels I was delighted to be given a break from the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Philippa Garner
I think it is safe to say that while I enjoyed Tipping the Velvet, I have enjoyed her other books more.Published 3 months ago by MBAS0511
Tipping the velvet really just isn’t good. I’m not done, but I'm halfway through, and I have no motivation to read anymore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yaline Gonzalez