Stone Butch Blues

A Novel

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Stone Butch Blues
Perseus Publishing

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.

The finest account ever written of coming to terms with the complexities of a transgendered existence.

Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Alyson Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Alyson books ed
ISBN: 9781555838539
Branch Call Number: FIC F
Characteristics: 301, [5] p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 18, 2014

This novel is incorrectly catalogued at Edmonton Public Library. This is not juvenile fiction. It is adult fiction.

May 18, 2014
  • TransProud rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stone Butch Blues is wonderfully written set in the pre-Stonewall era. It is moving and extremely riveting. Keep your tissues handy as it may not be read with a dry eye. It is required reading for learning of the LGBTQ movement pre-Stonewall.

Feb 13, 2013
  • dead_bird_by_bird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This books makes you want to rush to the front ranks of LGBT adovacy groups to take up the fight. It leaves you horrified at the abuse inflicted upon lesbians in the middle-part of the 20th century and the courage of the author to tell her story. A definite must-read for anyone wishing to understand the historic struggles of the LGBT movement.

Aug 11, 2010
  • danielle_atkinson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book!!

The story may be hard to read at times because of things that happen to the character, but it is definately a novel that all young gays,lesbian and trans should read.
Its an eye opening book.


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May 18, 2014
  • TransProud rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

TransProud thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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