Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters.
It’s been awhile since I picked up anything new (I re-read the three books in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon series that I actually like, Mists, Lady and Priestess), and I came across this book while looking up slang for sex on wikipedia. Turns out the title is Victorian slang for cunnilingus (and may have joined “slipping the ferret” and “tuning my humbucker” as one of my favorites).
The novel is a Victorian Lesbian Mellodrama (yes, all of those words DID need to be capitalized, thank you). And I’m really REALLY enjoying it so far…except that my brain, being my brain, keeps wanting to add steampunk elements to it.
Abstractfuries, I place the blame for this solely on YOUR shoulders! (And when you get your goggles, I want a pair of overalls and a big fucking wrench).