- Publisher: RiverheadBooks (May 31, 2000)
- ASIN: B00SCSEMG0
- Package Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 311 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tipping the Velvet Paperback – May 31, 2000
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A marvelously lush, erotic and bawdy first novel set int he glory days of seedy music halls; lesbian historical romance
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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.
Nancy, the protagonist, is often unlikeable, which made me like the book even more: I think Waters captured the othering and the disenfranchisement that so often happens to queer teenagers and young adults, pretty well. And I was thankful for a happy ending, which I also don't really like in general, but feel like it's an important political statement nowadays to give queer characters a non-deadly resolution.