Goodreads Synopsis: Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the “Ozzie and Harriet” McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever suffered or gloried in being different.
I read this book at the recommendation of a friend, and I am so glad that I decided to take her up on it.
Stone Butch Blues is probably one of the best books I’ve read all year. I’ve been trying to write this review all week, but it’s been really hard because I’m not sure how to sum it all up. This book really brought home to me how much the queer community has been through. I haven’t really known a lot about our history, though I’m trying to read more about it, and this book was very educational in that subject.
Stone Butch Blues will break your heart, just a fair warning. The amount of hardship that Jess goes through is just astounding, and at the end of the day she makes it through it. I found myself crying throughout the entire read. Also trigger warning, this book deals with rape and abuse a lot.
Even if you’re not apart of the LGBTQA+ community I highly suggest reading this book. There’s so much of queer history that isn’t talked about, that we don’t know. And this book will begin to show what it was like to not be straight in the 50’s.
When I look at the world today it’s easy to get discouraged. But Stone Butch Blues gave me hope. The queer community has come a long way, we’ve survived a lot. And we will continue to survive. Someday we’ll make the world a better place, where no one has to fear coming out, or loving whom they love.
I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.