Stone Butch Blues is not a book for the fainthearted. It is raw and powerful and violent and disturbing, and above all incredibly important.
The book chronicles the hardships and incredibly horrific situations faced by a "butch" in the pre-Stonewall era. As one of very few novels tackling transgender issues in this way, it becomes even more important. Jess Goldberg, the protagonist, is unable to "pass" as either male or female in the very traditional culture of the small community where she has grown up. As Jess grows up, the conflicts that present themselves are only more frequent, and as Jess begins to discover herself and embrace herself for who she is on the inside, the outside world only becomes more difficult.
This is NOT a book for young children, but is very important for anyone interested in political movements, queer studies, or the crossroads and borderlands that are faced by so many people everyday.
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