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.
I really, really liked this book. It is a different one than what I've read before, and so good. This is a historical fiction with a lesbian main character and she also stands up for social issues. I also really liked the theatrical aspects of this book. Those two things made me really like this book. I can't give it 5 stars though, because there were some minor things that bothered me (Nancy) and it was something very slowly. That is was a slow read was also because I really wanted to remember the story and I didn't want it to end (same thing happened with Great Expectations and Burmese Days) and the writing style made it a slow, but beautiful read as well.. It was also sometimes a little bit over dramatic, but that made it also realistic in a way.
At last I want to to be aware that there might be lesbian sexscenes and language, so if you're underaged or don't want to read about that, then don't read it. However, I liked those parts as well and that made the story also very realistic.
This was the first book of Sarah Waters that I've read (this is also the first novel she has written) and I really want to read all of her works now.
Have you read Tipping The Velvet? What is your favorite Sarah Water's novel?