For the fifty-eighth book in the challenge, I read Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters.
Okay, Waters did her research here, and it shows. Not that I’m any expert on gay or lesbian experiences in the late Victorian era, much less the current time, but there are so many offhand references to basic pieces of life during that time period, that someone composed a set of footnotes to help explain the significance of everyday things. Or even what that everyday thing was, like common songs, foods, products, locations, celebrities, and jokes. It was absolutely immersive, to the extent that this felt at times more like an autobiography than a novel. That also made reading it very difficult, imagining a real person going through what Nan does in this book. The confusion, the bouts of self-loathing, the anger, the betrayals all feel very real and personal. The people in the book, primarily women, are flawed and rounded and real.
You should read it. She has others. I’m going to read them, too. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.