Tipping the Velvet
Why this book?
This book tops my list because it was the very first lesbian fiction I ever read and it is immensely memorable! I went on to binge-read all of the Sarah Waters I could get my hands on (and at that point I think she only had three books out).
Tipping the Velvet is a coming-of-age-and-coming-out story of a working-class heroine in late Victorian London. Nan is a fantastic character and has a series of adventures ranging from the romantic to the titillating to the dark and tragic. Ultimately, however, there is a happy ending for Nan--and that's part of why I love the book so much. Queer folk need more happy endings and that's why this is a "feel good" book list!