Title: Tipping The Velvet
Author: Sarah Waters
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
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's 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.
A remarkably good read by Waters giving her reader a vivid picture of what the lesbian society was in the 18th century. Tipping the Velvet was not only classy and eloquent in giving us an idea of how difficult life can be as a tom, but it was worth the pages. Sensual and erotic yet not porn-ish, full of drama but not melodramatic. It's fun and whimsical. Anything that you might enjoy in a good book. If you plan on reading this book, do it when you have longer time to spare.
I can't wait to grab a copy of Fingersmith and Affinity. Tipping The Velvet is definitely a must have in lesbian fiction.