Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wish-list Wednesday hosted by Pen to Paper

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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler.

When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue," Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education - a sort of Moll Flanders in drag - finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places.

Drawing comparison to the work of Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters' novel is a feast for the senses - an erotic, lushly detailed historical novel that bursts with life and dazzlingly casts the turn of the century in a different light.

Why It's On My Wishlist:

I suppose I read so much gay literature that I get a little tired of the normal nearly predictable story-lines, and the overly used characters that this one really stuck out to me. I have a circus fetish regardless, and Victorian London? I mean come one! This book was meant for me! 

A book club that I am part of, Vaginal Fantasy picked their monthly selections to celebrate DOMA being overturned, and I couldn't have been happier. However, since nearly every one purchased this book all of the cheaper paperbacks are sold out, and frankly I've already spent my book budget ($60.00) for the month.

I'm excited to see more and more LGBT stuff get published and promoted. I'm pumped to not only see it for adults, but as well young adults. I'm proud that things are changing, and frankly very pleased that more and more of these sorts of books pop up. 

Needless to say, I'm super excited to read this, just waiting for the price to head down a little on Amazon. 


  1. Great book! Sarah Waters is amazing. I especially loved Fingersmith, but Tipping the Velvet is really good as well. It's an older book, so I'd guess you could probably pick up a used copy on Amazon or elsewhere and not break your book budget! I hope you get it soon -- enjoy!!


    1. Thanks so much! I have yet to get it, but it's still on my list. <3