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  • Published: New York : Riverhead Books, [1999], c1998.
  • Year Published: 1998
  • Description: 472 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 1573221368 :

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by Waters, Sarah, 1966-

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Lesbian Romance

Sarah Waters' fictional story of Nancy "Nan" Astley, who leaves her small-town family to become a male impersonator and singer in a variety show is entertaining and emotional. Nan soars to great heights and sinks very low in heart warming and heart wrenching scenes. Hang in there until the end of the book, as it is well worth-while.
Nan has relationships with more than one woman during her time in London, and the book has some "R" rated scenes. Readers are glad for Nan when she finds love and devastated with her when it goes awry.
Waters conducted a lot of research for the novel, which shows in its very accurate depiction of Victorian England, especially its lesbian community.
If you like the book (as I'm sure you will), watch the TV series of the same name.

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