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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
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May 16, 12

bookshelves: fiction, feminism, favorite-fiction
Read in May, 2012

An absorbing coming-of-age novel that also explores sex and lesbian cultures in late-nineteenth-century England. As in the excellent Fingersmith, Waters's historical research here is evident and impressive without seeming showy or tiresome (you know those historical novels where it feels like the author includes details just because he or she did the research and wants credit for it?). In some ways, this is a book about becoming an adult and finding one's place in the world, and also about the hardness and softness we encounter as we interact with other people and ourselves. There are absolutely dreadful people here, but there are kind ones, too.
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