This compelling but uneven first novel follows the sexual travails of lesbian Jess Goldberg. At its start she is a girl who feels confused by strict ideas about gender and who wonders if she might be a "he-she" since people often ask whether she is a boy or a girl. Constantly searching, she quickly moves from trying on her father's suits to visiting bars and transforming herself into a full-blown "butch," complete with her own dildo. As police crackdowns on gay bars result in more than one night in jail, Goldberg decides to begin taking male hormones and have a breast reduction in order to pass as a man. Although she delights in visiting the barber and being able to use the men's room--and even manages to make love to a woman without being discovered--the emotional complications of changing her sex (and hence her identity) build up until she ceases to take her hormone shots. Certain transmutations, like her lowered voice, cannot be reversed, however, so she is now even less defined as a member of a specific gender. Goldberg and her like-minded friends who have embraced the butch/femme dichotomy find they have no place in either the nascent women's or gay pride movements. Feinberg attempts to present Goldberg's life as the personal side of political history, but the narrative seems unattached to time despite the insertion of landmark events like the Stonewall riot and the mention of Reagan and the Moral Majority.
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Book may have been used in school or for someone's thesis. Markings and notes throughout the book (done in pencil though, so easily erasable). Used, but acceptable condition.Published 9 months ago by H. M.
I have read "Stone Butch Blues" five times, and I still find new things to grab my attention and make me think. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002 by James
I first discovered Stone Butch Blues in college, and it was one of those transformative books that changed the way I looked at myself and the world around me. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Amazon Customer
this book rips your heart out, puts it back in, let's you heal a bit then rips it back out. This book is powerful and intense I couldn't put it down, I've loaned it out and my... Read morePublished on June 6 2001 by Deann Redmiles
Stone butch blues is a touching story that attempts to explain the life of a young girl, Jess, and her journey into the culture of being different. Read morePublished on May 13 2001 by vanessa morel
Stone Butch Blues is a powerful and moving novel that informs the reader about the penalties paid by those who transgress gender norms while demonstrating the freedom experienced... Read morePublished on May 8 2001 by Sharilynn Gerchow
This novel made me cry. The characters were real and the storytelling heartfelt. This is far from fiction; this is a book that all gay and lesbian people should read, in order to... Read morePublished on March 23 2001