Apparently this was a super-duper bestseller (this version is from the sixteenth printing in two years). I think Robert L. Short pretty much invented a genre.
I'm suprised I haven't read it before. I took a couple years off after my first year of college (art school in Toronto in 1995–96) and spent the time mainly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, living at my mom's, working as a cook in a greasy pub, and reading everything in a certain genre of feminist writing I could find—including Dorothy Allison's novels (intense!!) and pretty much everything published by Firebrand Books. I was also really into poetry then, too.