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Tipping the Velvet: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2000
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About the Author
Sarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Paying Guests, The Little Stranger,The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, has twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
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Given the comments I've seen about her books, I gave this one a try.
What a story! Nan is from a working class family. She grew up in
the kitchen of her family's restaurant. Nan's job was an oyster-opener.
That was the specialty of the house, fresh oysters. Her only outlet was go
to the local musical hall & heard the voice of Kitty Butler. Nan becomes
enamoured with this song-bird.She saves every penny to see her, at often
Their relationship is close, but Nan truly falls for Kitty. Nan becomes her
dresser, and then part of the act itself. As time goes by, walk begins about
the ladies being "more than friends & fellow entertainers. A split happens, and
Nan finds herself out on her own.
Here is where the story takes off. Nan becomes a dandy, a girl-boy or dyke\in a man attire. She attracts many clients, but one is a very wealthy woman of means.
They meet and the story takes several erotic turns & twists.
Even though this is a love story between women, there is a lot in common
with love between any two people. A book to have on a rainy day, or while sitting
in a doctor's office.
Taking place in the Victorian period of the late 1880s and 1890s, this is the story of Nancy Astley, born to be an "oyster girl," shucking and cooking oysters in her family's restaurant in Whitstable on the coast of England. But Nancy is not like the rest of her family. She would rather be in the gaudy music halls than working in the kitchen, and she eventually realizes she is more different than anyone suspected: She is a lesbian. The story focuses on this self-discovery in a time when such things cannot be publicly confessed and the bizarre, frightening, outrageous and absolutely shocking life she leads on the streets of London as she searches to define who she is and maybe, just maybe, find true love.
This is an excellent, extremely well-written book by Sarah Waters, but it is not for the faint-hearted.