Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers, and longs to cut her hair. As she grows up amidst the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love - with another woman.
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Narrator Cecilia Fage is a revelation.
An absolutely riveting and superb reading of this groundbreaking and ultimately heartbreaking novel. Narrator Cecilia Fage is one of the best I've ever heard, giving each character depth and life that's rarely heard in an audiobook. She seems to know several languages, and expertly reads the various French passages wonderfully. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to know how gays and lesbians survived and even thrived in a cruel and unfeeling heterosexual world way before gay rights and liberation were even a thought. Stephen Gordon is one of the most vivid and complex characters in all of literature.