14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It appeals to everyone and it's great bedtime reading!,
This review is from: Stone Butch Blues: A Novel (Hardcover)
This isn't a "tortured tale" of anything. That's how people describe gay, bi, and transgendered people's stories when they get the message about how hard society tries to kill us, but still don't see the intense beauty of our culture and our lives.
Feinberg's autobgraphical novel does a brilliant job of showing how gender and class and sexuality and race intersect, without telling us out loud. This gives hir characters depth that most bestsellers lack. Feinberg's writing brings you right into the scene, and hir simple, honest descriptions give the story a feeling of raw truth.
It's interesting, to me, that so many lesbians (especially butch women) have embraced this book as a cult classic that really relates to their lives. At first, I thought, "they're missing the point; it's a transgendered story about how screwed-up gender is here." Then I realized that maybe it still relates to the lesbian community in terms of our gender issues; lots of female-to-male people start out identifying as lesbians.
I read this book three times: twice by myself, and once to my girlfriend as a bedtime story. It's cozy and scary in turns, but it's full of love.