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Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
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Mar 05, 11

Read from February 23 to 28, 2011

I'm not sure exactly what it is that makes this book so enjoyable. The protagonist, Jess, experiences so much sadness and heartbreak and injustice that it is painful to read. Feinberg's writing, also, is not particularly beautiful, sometimes even clunky. But other times it just rings so true that I couldn't help but be deeply moved.

As a gay man I occasionally feel a pang of bitterness toward the more heterosexually inclined populace at large for not understanding me. And yet I have, in the past, had trouble understanding what it is to be transgendered; I used to wonder if the LGBT acronym was appropriate. This book is somehow immediately relatable, regardless of the reader's gender identity, whether cis, trans, straight, gay, bi, or another color. "Couldn't the 'we' be bigger?" asks a character at a gay pride event, stressing the importance of oppressed minorities to unite. The point is very well taken. This is a novel I will not forget.
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