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Rough Paradise by Alec Butler
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really liked it
bookshelves: transgender, intersex, lgbt, queer
Read 2 times. Last read July 9, 2017.

I was delighted to read this novella from writer Alec Butler today. Casey Stepaniuk wrote that it is as important a title as "Stone Butch Blues" by Leslie Feinberg, and I agree. It is a shame that this book didn't get more attention in Canada and the US. I hope that it can slowly find its devoted following. Anyone who's queer, non-binary or intersex (or teaching) should put this on their "to read" list.

The beginning, which takes a sweeping look at narrator Terry's young life, seems a bit jumbled, and repetitive, but once the intersexed narrator is a teen and meets his love, Darla, and the two of them can interact, it picks up. The love affair transpires in dire straits--Terry is being raped by his doctor, given conversion therapy, threatened with surgery and hormones, and worried his family will commit him. His girlfriend has severe troubles of her own. But they adore each other and the first love is not only beautifully graphic (Alec can write stunning erotica), but touching.

The longer passages of dialogue tended to be a bit wooden, but otherwise, Alec Butler has a real accomplishment on his hands.
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Finished Reading
July 9, 2017 – Started Reading
July 9, 2017 – Shelved
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: transgender
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: intersex
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: lgbt
July 9, 2017 – Shelved as: queer
July 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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