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Backwards to Oregon de Jae
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Backwards to Oregon (edição: 2013)

de Jae (Autor)

Séries: Oregon Series (1)

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Lesbian: Historical Fiction - "Luke" Hamilton has always been sure that she'd never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them. 1851 Oregon Trail… (mais)
Membro:Victoria1970
Título:Backwards to Oregon
Autores:Jae (Autor)
Informação:Ylva Publishing (2013), Edition: 3, 374 pages
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A fantastic book. Great characters and plot. Andy and I discuss it on episode 16 of Cocktail Hour: http://www.cocktailhour.c-spot.net/archives/66 and Nikki and I review it on C-Spot Reviews: http://reviews.c-spot.net/archives/4746.

**1/27/16 - time for a reread of one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I'm always so damn sad when the book is over.** ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
I love historical fiction books and have found myself trying a variety of authors in this genre so when I came upon this book I had no idea as to what it would be about. I didn't look at the genre it fell under nor did I read the reviews, I just saw historical, western and got it. I usually don't read the reviews until after I have listened to or read a book for the simple fact I don't let other opinions persuade me one way or another so I truly got this book blind. I have to say I was unusually impressed. My first thought was oh NO....here we go again steamy hot sex not really a background or story but as I listened to the book I realized it was actually a great book. It is not indecent at all, just a bit of cursing but not to bad. I am a very open minded person when it comes down to how a person chooses to live their life but this book even went beyond it being about two women being together in bed. It really shows us that people have been people for a very long time, and I mean in a sense of not thinking about gender, race, or even professional background when it comes down to true love. This book had me on the edge of my seat all the way. The anticipation of the wife finding out she had married a women, to the danger, to the outcome of the trip to Oregon. I laughed, I cried, and I awed, and gasped throughout this whole book. Jae I apologize but until I found this book I had never known you existed and I am so grateful at how you illustrated the love, determination, and life of these two women set in the Pioneer days. My hat is off to you....great job. ( )
  Tracy1967 | Apr 12, 2021 |
This was an extremely difficult book to read.

As historical fiction, it's fine, even if it leans pretty hard into harmful stereotypes. It's one thing to have the characters in the story be realistically racist; it's another entirely to have literally the only speaking role of a Native American being an attempt to barter one woman for another (against their wills). Shortly before we find out that this character didn't know how a sword worked. Despite the fact that his group were carrying muskets, meaning they had definitely had contact with European settlers at some point.

That was pretty uncomfortable, but it wasn't personally affronting the way the trans narrative was. I use the term 'trans' very broadly here, since it's never made completely clear in any direction.

I feel like Luke definitely is trans, or at least not a woman, but the author doesn't seem to come to the same conclusion. Luke more than once makes it clear he doesn't think of himself as a woman, and he makes no moves toward changing his presentation even when he's no longer in a position of having to maintain it.

Regardless of a fictional character's internal gender identity, there's constant misgendering. The other characters use male pronouns for Luke (except occasionally); the author uses female pronouns when Luke isn't around other characters (except sometimes). That inconsistency was viscerally uncomfortable for me. Again, there's a difference between characters being believably shitty about gender things and the author doing the same thing.

I understand that the author is most known for lesbian fiction, and I think that's what this was going for, but the story it's telling is uncomfortably close to a particular, extremely harmful, stereotype that some real shitty people use to discredit trans-masculine people. Namely, that trans men are just confused lesbians who are victims of their own internalized misogyny. 'Butch flight' is the specific term I've most often heard.

I am myself trans-masculine, and this is the exact kind of hateful rhetoric that's resulted in literally years of unnecessary suffering. I still struggle with it even now, despite recognizing it for the (at best) complete nonsense that it is.

To be clear, I don't think this was intentional on the author's part. I think it was little more than thoughtless, along with the other issues I had with the book (like the racism and the constant shitting on sex workers).

I believe the author is German, and I genuinely don't know if the TERFs have the same sway there as they do in the US and the UK. I sincerely hope not, because that would make this so much harder to chalk up to ignorance. And also because TERFs are hateful people, and less of that sort of thing would be just great.

This isn't the first Jae book I've read, but it's probably going to be the last. ( )
  Rogueling | Jan 27, 2020 |
I know that it's probably very problematic (yes, thank you Xena Warrior Podcast for putting that word in my brain...) But, I really enjoy these types of stories, like Divided Nation, United Hearts by Yolanda Wallace, or Words Heard in Silence by T. Novan. Something about the combination of historical fiction and the Deborah Sampson sort of story hits the right notes for me. Although, I do have to say that in the case of this story, it was less about Luke dressing up as a man, and leaned more towards Luke being a Transgender Man.

As hinted at above, it's about a man named Luke and a woman named Nora. They meet in a woman named Tess' brothel (where Nora is a prostitute), although they do not have sex. Three days after they meet Luke asks Nora to marry him. They set off on the Oregon Trail the next day, along with Nora's daughter Amy.

And that's the story. The journey of Nora and Luke's relationship (as well as their personal growth journeys) set to the back drop of the massive (and massively hard) journey west to Oregon.

It was soo good. I felt like I'd read it before, but, at the same time I sometimes had no clue what was coming next. Also, I had some hard core flashbacks to Apple IIe's Oregon Trail computer game (I didn't finish that darn thing until I was in my 30s).

This was a fun novel that sucked me in faster and more fully than any book has in a while, and I look forward to reading more in its world sooner rather than later. ( )
  DanieXJ | Jul 31, 2018 |
Backwards To Oregon is, thankfully, on the right side of sweet...at the point where it makes you sigh with its kind and colorful characters who care so much about each other, but also where it doesn't make you roll your eyes because it's too syrupy.

It's also interesting and gripping historical fiction and the only possible thing I could find wrong with it is it's just a tad too long. I would have loved to see Luke's big reveal occur much sooner in the novel.

Still, I wouldn't hesitate to read more by Jae and am super glad to see that the characters from Backwards appear in both a sequel (Hidden Truths) and a short story collection (Beyond The Trail.) ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
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Lesbian: Historical Fiction - "Luke" Hamilton has always been sure that she'd never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them. 1851 Oregon Trail

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