Crybaby Butch by Judith Frank

cover of the book Crybaby ButchCrybaby Butch by Judith Frank
Genre: Award Winner; Fiction
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Published: 2004
Publisher: Firebrand Books
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Format: Trade Paperback
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No. of Pages: 416
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ISBN: 1563411431
Award(s): Lambda Literary Award – 2004 (Lesbian Debut Fiction); Astraea Foundation’s Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Prize – 2000 (Fiction)
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Drawing on her experience as an adult literacy tutor, Judith Frank’s first novel traces the difficult and sometimes hilarious connection between two butches of different generations – a middle-class, thirty-something adult literacy teacher and her older, working-class student. With a disparate group of adult learners as the backdrop, Frank examines, with warmth and wit, the relationship between education and gender, class, and racial identity. With Crybaby Butch, Judith Frank creates a deeply human, bravely unsentimental story while at the same time investigating the meaning of butch identity as it reinvents itself from one generation to the next. ~ Carol Anshaw Fearless and unflinching, Crybaby Butch rigorously explores butch/femme dynamics over two generations. Judy Frank’s debut novel is searing and memorable. ~ Claire Messud
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