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Detransition, Baby
Detransition, Baby: A Novel | Torrey Peters
"An unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making."--Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl "Emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent."--Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn't hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men. Ames isn't happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese--and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames's boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she's pregnant with his baby--and that she's not sure whether she wants to keep it--Ames wonders if this is the chance he's been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family--and raise the baby together? This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can't reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel.
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unreal
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The question, for Reese: Were married men just desperately attractive to her?

#firstlinefridays

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AFrostCauseReads
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Interesting and full of drama. Definitely for a mature audience who can handle more than the standard sex scenes. It also touches upon a lot of transgender topics - maybe even too many. At times, I felt like the author was cramming in too much. I found myself agreeing with a lot, but also opposed some view points.

And there‘s parts I don‘t know how to feel about. I‘m looking forward to my book clubs discussion (as long as everyone is respectful)

Ruthiella I loved the overstuffed drama of this book and the conflicting feelings it provoked. 1mo
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paisleyjess
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I missed the book club discussion about this one and I really wish I hadn't because there is a lot to unpack! It is interesting, informative and all heart.

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Liz_M
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Photo taken from a hill across from the picnic house in Prospect Park.

BarbaraBB That is so cool!! 2mo
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JillR
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This was a very intense read. One I didn‘t always look forward to reading but was gripped by once I picked it up. A story of love, friendship and motherhood amidst the trans community; it made me uncomfortable at times, but feeling uncomfortable reading about something that is not your own experience is no bad thing.

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bekakins
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I can see why this has divided opinion, but I really enjoyed it! Some really fascinating insights…

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arlenefinnigan
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This is a fascinating book. The characters are both likeable and at times infuriating. It gets very messy. A really well written exploration of gender, motherhood and life not turning out how you wanted or expected.

CarolynM On my TBR 🙂 3mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Penned by a trans author, the novel is thought provoking and complex. Reese, a trans woman, breaks up with her girlfriend Amy, another trans woman, who is now detransitioning to a cis-male under the new name Ames. Complicating the situation is Ames impregnating his lover Katrina which changes the dynamic of family, love, sex, and relationships for everyone.

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I‘m not sure I can find the words to adequately describe how much I love this book and the effect it had on me. Parts of it made me laugh, parts of it made me cry, and parts of it made me question things I have been taught all my life about gender and relationships. I‘m glad I read this. In addition to being absorbed in and entertained by the story, I learned a lot. This novel is going to stay with me. Moving, thought provoking, outstanding!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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The protagonist of this book, Reese, is one of those characters that I early on decided I would do anything for. I identified deeply and viscerally with Reese and her desire to be a mother, especially as I have recently become one. Peters' writing is brilliant: brutal honesty, keen insights, sharp jokes, nuanced characters, and thoughtful explorations of its themes of motherhood and trans community. This novel also has a perfect ending, IMHO.

Ruthiella I loved this book too. I totally look forward to Peter‘s follow up. 4mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Ruthiella Yeah, what will she follow this with?? 4mo
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I have done absolutely nothing today except stay in bed and read this entire book. Once I started, I couldn't stop.

Reese, Ames, and Katrina have taught me so much. My heart broke for each of them in different ways as they struggle with what being a woman, and what being a mother, means to them.

I'm thankful to authors like Torrey Peters who are brave enough to write books like this one.

Suet624 A great way to spend the day. 4mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Heterosexual cis people, while willfully ignoring it, have staked their whole sexuality on a bet that each other's genders are real. If only cis heterosexuals would realize that, like trans women, the activity in which they are indulging is a big self-pleasuring lie" ???
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #TransBooks

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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 3: any book from the Women‘s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I love starting a new book that I'm really excited about
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #TransBooks

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kspenmoll Nice collection of books! 5mo
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Djspens
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My girls know me so well, I‘m blessed with the best 🥰 #grammaslibrary #cozychristmas

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This is the epitome of a so-so read for me. There were times I loved it and times I hated it. It is messy and chaotic and sometimes confusing. I‘m glad that I read it and that it forced to me reckon with discomfort in a lot of ways but I‘m glad it is over.

TrishB That could exactly be my review. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB She‘s a talented writer and it certainly gave me a lot to think about but reading it felt laboring - no pun intended. 6mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. She wanted too much in one book. 6mo
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Lindy
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Sometimes an online author conversation has an intimate magic that isn‘t conceivable as a live onstage event. That‘s what the Calgary Wordfest event with Torrey Peters and Casey Plett was like: two trans women talking about craft, nurturing trans creativity, and about why they write work intended primarily for trans readers.

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This book is a beautiful conversation on queerness, transsexuality, fluidity, womanhood and motherhood. While I didn‘t love all portrayals in this book, I think it was an important narrative that trans people don‘t owe the world anything, they can be flawed, they can make bad choices, and they can choose to live as their authentic selves or not like everyone else. Not a plot driven book but very much worth a read. Pls look up trigger warnings.

BkClubCare Great points. I am glad that I read this. I thought it a fun and educational read. 7mo
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Kazzie
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Good! Was really interesting and a deep look into an area of fiction that hasn‘t gotten wide stream attention. I liked that the ending was open to interpretation. I also really appreciated the frank discussions on motherhood and pregnancy

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Suet624
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Just in case anyone wants to hop on the VSC zoom call. October 14.

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ClairesReads
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Detransition, Baby blew me away. It‘s an authentically, genuinely voice novel that explores notions of gender, our relationships with motherhood, and the way these intensely personal parts of identity are so enmeshed in our social interactions and relationships. I really appreciated how this novel helped me to better understand how identities different than my own battle with the experience of motherhood, without presenting this in a didactic way.

BarbaraBB The right review with the right book 😃 (edited) 8mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB yes! I think my phone got confused because I posted 2 so quickly! 8mo
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“The past is past to everyone but ghosts”

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Kiralyn
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Lots of books here I‘ve been meaning to read for a while. I started with Detransition, Baby. Very excited to have this paired down list to choose from this fall. Although, I did just start the Broken Earth trilogy— oops 😅 #fallreading #readinglist

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SamAnne
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Just not my cuppa. Not enough plot and all over the place. I rarely DNF a book even when I should, but I have too many other great books I‘m reading right now to spend more time on this one.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Mixed feelings... There are several facets of queer and trans identities that are explored in this book and it gave me PLENTY to chew on. The book is unapologetically queer in every way. But the writing, the structure, the lack of plot, the shifts in tone - it was just all over the place. It felt like the book was mostly an opportunity for Peters to espouse any ideas or opinions that interested her. Worth reading but didn‘t quite work for me.

BarbaraBB I agree it was a bit of a mess. 10mo
HeatherBookNerd @BarbaraBB it felt like it needed some wrangling 10mo
BarbaraBB Yes or less plot. NF would have been fine too! 10mo
Suet624 I‘m with you. And @BarbaraBB (of course). 😎 10mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Haha 👯‍♀️ 10mo
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Libby22
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So good!

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Karmapen
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My favorite book of the year so far. What a gloriously queer and millennial piece of writing. I remember listening to an interview with comedian Cameron Esposito and she said that there are some things that can only be written by people of a certain experience because “they‘re specific”, and the SPECIFICITY of this book to me was breathtaking. Adored it.

Nutmegnc Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing. I just started this one! 10mo
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This is a tough book to review & sum up, but I'm very glad I read it. From the initial pages I felt it reach into my mind & shake things up in there in terms of my perspectives on gender presentation, feminism, & sexuality. My main issue is that the writing was sometimes awkward & overdetermined, & in the second half Katrina & Ames seemed like vessels for Peters' ideas instead of fully-fleshed characters. But I understand why, on one level.

batsy I get why the novel has more "telling" than showing & I don't mind it because an author's style is one that best suits the book they're writing. Hard & fast fiction-writing rules are usually pretty restrictive. But here you could sense that underlying the novel, Peters has a bit of a polemic or a manifesto in her, one that could be pretty amazing in exploring trans perspectives on gender. If she ever writes something like it I'd love to read it. 11mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I hope to read this one soon! 11mo
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nathandrake1997 Brilliant review ❤️ This was the book I was the most interested in from the longlist and I was waiting for the paperback to release because the hardcover is quite expensive 😅 but after reading your review I want to read this right away ❤️ 11mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! I look forward to your thoughts 🙂 11mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you, friend! I would love ti know what you make of it. It's an intriguing and extremely necessary book, imo. 11mo
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Reese wants to be a mother more than anything, but knows that as a trans woman she will never have her own children. One day her ex, Amy, calls. The ex is now calling himself Ames and he tells Reese that he and his girlfriend are expecting a child. Ames suggests that Reese raise the kid with them.

A book about motherhood and wanting your own kids. The book also tells about being trans and the trans community and gave me plenty to think about.

BarbaraBB Great review 11mo
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We‘ve said a lot about Detransition, Baby last week that goes for the book as a whole. If you have thoughts about the second half, please share them!

It‘s time to vote for our June winner in our own #CampToB. The official June winner will be announced next week. Please vote in the comments!

Next week we‘ll discuss the first half of Klara and the Sun, a book I‘ve personally been looking forward to!

Cinfhen Easily, my choice is 11mo
Suet624 I really liked the discussion that Rosecrans Baldwin and Kwesi Junsan had on the TOB post. I think Kwesi really summed it all up for me. My choice is 11mo
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KarenUK I liked both, both unlike anything I‘d read before (in different ways) but No one is talking about This, is my vote. 11mo
vivastory I can't wait for Klara & the Sun! It's one of my most anticipated books of the yr. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to finish Detransition, Baby. Based off of what I have read so far (I am enjoying it) I am leaning more towards No One Is Talking about This. 11mo
squirrelbrain Sorry I missed most of the discussion last week on Detransition Baby. I agree with @KarenUK - both unlike anything I‘d read before. Really liked Detransition but No One is Talking About This is one of my favourites of the year so far so that gets my vote. 11mo
Well-ReadNeck I read Detransition, Baby all at once. I absolutely loved this novel. So many issues about family and how family is made. I also enjoyed learning about Detransitioning, which I knew nothing about. It also leads onto much of the LGBTQ conversations on SM about Dad vs Mom and how those roles feel different regardless of the gender of the person doing the parenting. Another recalling interesting book re: LGBTQ parenting is Krys Malcolm Belc‘s 11mo
Well-ReadNeck My vote enthusiastically goes to 11mo
AceOnRoam I am going to vote for Detransition, Baby. I DNF No One is Talking About This - unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole Loved them both actually. Learned so much from Detransition but deeply moved by and voting for 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @Well-ReadNeck I just borrowed and looking forward to starting 11mo
batsy I gave this book 4 stars on GR because it's absolutely necessary in terms of themes, ideas, complex issues. But as I went into the second half of the book I grew more distant from it because Ames & Katrina appeared more as vessels of the arguments/ideas that Peters wanted to put across & less as fully-fleshed characters. The writing became clunkier. I agreed with a lot of points that Kwesi made, though we had opposing reactions to the two halves! 11mo
batsy *vessels for 11mo
batsy I vote for Detransition, Baby 11mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I agree with you that the plot and the characters in the second half were mostly a tool to tell a story that needed to be told. Maybe I should have read it in one go, but I didn‘t because of #CampToB and felt a bit let down by the second half. I would have preferred a NF book. Therefore my vote goes to 11mo
Simona Both books were so-so for me. No One is Talking About This because of the narrative technique, and Detransition, Baby because of the writing style …. but my votes go to … simply because I loved the story more 🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
emilyhaldi I will vote for the only one I managed to read 🙃 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t read either one. Shocker. So sadly, I must bail on yet another activity. Stupid responsibilities. 😠 11mo
BarbaraBB So far it is 9-6 in favourites of 11mo
cariashley Finally finished this! I have to say @batsy your comment is spot on and I felt the same about the second half. That being said this book made me realize how uninformed and underread I am on trans issues, and overall had more of an impact on me than the Lockwood. So I vote for 11mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts @rsteve388 @Kalalalatja @Flaneurette If you read the books and want to vote, please let me know before Wednesday 🤍 11mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I feel sorry for you ❤️. You want to be tagged in next month‘s read or is it just frustrating for you? 11mo
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AnneCecilie
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That sounds like some hug

Reggie Lolol 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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How little did I know about trans feminine culture? I learned so much reading this book about gender and the vulnerability of trans women. The eye opening makes this book a pick for me, but the plot didn‘t add much to be honest. #CampToB

4thhouseontheleft Have you seen the syllabus of reading Roxanne Gay has to go along with this book? It‘s a great list of resources for further learning! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UidWXSDHI3KjTQlowb-_RY-v1JAzghKAMpCeCs9PBRY/... 11mo
Jas16 That was exactly how I felt about this book. 11mo
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AlexGeorge
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So, I loved this book. It is funny, brave, acerbic in all the best ways, and made me (it felt, anyway) a smarter person by the end of it. For the assured voice and deft and insightful characterization it reminded me of THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD by Claire Lombardo, and you won‘t get much higher praise for me. One of the best novels I‘ve read this year.

Alfoster Yes! I loved both these books too!❤️👏 11mo
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#curiouscovers #pink
One of my favorite books so far this year.

@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🌸📚💗 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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#CampToB

Detransition, Baby is the story of Reese, a trans woman who wants a child; Ames, Reese‘s former partner who detransitioned; and Katrina, a cis woman who knows nothing at first about Ames‘s history.

The book shares a lot of intimate details about what life is like for its trans community and we all probably can connect to one of them in one way or another. What did you think so far of the book (the first half)?

vivastory I'm going to be late weighing in on this one. I misplaced my copy & just received my library hold. 😬 11mo
Cathythoughts I‘m hoping to start , but my reading is all over the place at the moment 🤦🏼‍♀️… not good …. Thanks for including me 🙏 11mo
Ruthiella I think a lot of the first half for me was orientating myself... I had never read a book with such an intimate portrayal of trans-characters. I guess as with Katrina, there was a lot I had to take on board. 11mo
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella So did I, I hadn‘t realized much of the things Reece and Ames feel. I now am about to start the second half! 11mo
Cinfhen I read this book about 2 weeks ago, so I don‘t remember part 1 vs part 2 but I will say, the book did not appeal to me. I thought the writing was very mediocre, the dialogue unpolished and the plot pretty implausible. Pet Peeve: disliked the celebrity name dropping and all the brand placement. I give credit to Torrey Peters for sharing her truths & inviting us into her life. She raises interesting questions about family units, motherhood etc (edited) 11mo
Simona For me it was painful to read about vulnerability of this community, about all the difficulties they are exposed to in their everyday life ... and as @Ruthiella I had never read a fiction book with transgender characters, and I must say that this book feels to me more real and honest than NF book by Janet Mock ... 11mo
emilyhaldi I haven‘t gotten this from the library yet so I‘ll probably skip it… especially after @Cinfhen ‘s review 🙃 11mo
Cinfhen I think I‘m in the minority @emilyhaldi there are LOADS of Littens who loved DeTransition, Baby 🤷🏼‍♀️Hope you‘re feeling well xx 11mo
Suet624 I‘m mostly with @Cinfhen. I gave the book an overall so-so. Now weeks later I‘m not sure I can even remember much of the plot. Even while I was reading it I had trouble remembering who she was talking about. (“Which character is this again? I‘m confused.” Sigh.) It was definitely eye opening though. I learned quite a bit. 11mo
batsy This book is really stretching my mind in all kinds of directions. I had to highlight so many passages 11mo
batsy Sorry, I hit send too soon 👆🏾 What's really thought-provoking for me is getting a deep dive into a trans woman's ruminations about gender & gender presentation, especially femininity. It makes me question every single thing that's taken for granted. I'm finding this a really thoughtful read. 11mo
BarbaraBB I am only halfway and read the first half a few weeks ago. I mostly forgot about it but I do look forward to the second half. Like @batsy and @Simona this is a deep dive for me into gender and the vulnerability of transgender persons. That makes it a worthwhile read by itself. The name dropping @Cinfhen mentions doesn‘t bother me since I didn‘t even notice lol. I probably don‘t know these people - or maybe I‘m getting to it in the second half! 11mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m with @Ruthiella — so much was uncharted territory for me in this one. I love to be “put in the shoes” of someone else and this certainly did that for me with these characters who happen to be trans or detrans. I love it when a book can open my eyes to a whole new way of being/experiencing the world. Empathy-building! 11mo
Chelsea.Poole I also love what @batsy said about taking things for granted. Trans people have to fight so hard for even the smallest of things. Eye-opening. 11mo
BkClubCare I enjoyed this and learned a lot. A LOT. A yes, to that vulnerability, also the sad explanation of elephant behavior and the tragedy of suicide. At the same time, it was funny and sassy and a lot of fun to read. And I don‘t recall the name dropping! So that must have gone over my head? (edited) 11mo
cariashley I‘m behind - just started it! But already feeling some of the same sentiments others are mentioning. It‘s a totally new and immersive perspective. 11mo
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AlizaApp
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Late to the party here, but yes, this novel is as great as everyone says, especially about gender and womanhood and family and parenthood.

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I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but I binge-listened to the entire 13-hr audiobook in 2 days! It includes a lot of detailed conversation regarding sex and sexually,so I'd warn that the audio is pretty NSFW.But the interpersonal dynamics between the characters were amazingly well done.And it covers a topic I had never thought about:one of the main characters was a trans woman, but found it too hard to live that way, and detransitioned.

Alfoster Agree! I didn‘t think I‘d like it either but I did! 12mo
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I thought this was a really good story and it makes for a good #audiobook. Ultimately, I felt sort of unfulfilled by it. I might be in a bit of a mood lately.

#BookSpinBingo square 4
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

#UnPopularOpinion
Similar to Luster, where everyone adored the author‘s fresh perspective and tone, I was put off by the slickness and MFA haughtiness. Here too, for lack of a better word, I found the writing crude and provocative. I applaud Torrey Peters for penning her truth but for me this story fell short. #CampToB21 @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Ooh. Interesting! I am 40 pages in and enjoying it. Not sure where it‘ll go! 12mo
Cinfhen I pretty much could tell early on that I wasn‘t feeling it so I‘m sure you‘ll continue liking it🤞🏽🤞🏽 @BarbaraBB 12mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t yet got Luster feelings, let‘s hope It stays that way! 12mo
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Ruthiella “MFA haughtiness” 😆 Great term! I liked this one a lot but can totally see where it would not work for other readers. 12mo
TrishB Pretty much agree. 12mo
Cinfhen That‘s what makes reading so wonderful @Ruthiella we can both read the same book and feel completely different, and that‘s OK 😁 I‘m glad you‘re enjoying @BarbaraBB we old ladies need to stick together @TrishB 12mo
TrishB 😂😂 old is definitely what I‘m feeling. 12mo
Cinfhen Same / my aches are aching these days @TrishB (edited) 12mo
CarolynM I'm intrigued by the subject matter and by all the different opinions. I'm going to have to read it! 12mo
Cinfhen I‘d love for you to read it and share your thoughts!! This would be great for a bookclub discussion @CarolynM 12mo
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My library hold arrived today 🙌🏻I‘ve seen loads of praise for this book but two of my very favorite trusted readers were iffy about Detransition, Baby so I‘m curious to see where I‘ll land. #CampToB21 @BarbaraBB I should also say a few of my fabulous friends & equally trusted for their reading expertise loved this book❣️❣️ I‘ve read about 40 pages so far and im not in the loving camp just yet.

BarbaraBB I‘m about to start too. A bit afraid now, that I won‘t love it but my irl best friend is enjoying it so I hope I will too. We mostly like the same books 🤞🏽 12mo
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Books like these are making me realize I might need to revise my "not a fan of contemporary fiction" stance to "not a fan of contemporary cishet fiction" because I couldn't put this down. I keep seeing reviews from folks saying they learned a lot but didn't find the funny or compelling and I wonder if they have never spent time in queer spaces before. The ending left me desperate for more. I need a sequel.

LiteraryinLawrence Well said! 12mo
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Not what I expected but fantastic so far.

BookishTrish Keep me posted on your thoughts! 12mo
Bibliophibifemme @BookishTrish I couldn't put it down and was left desperately wanting more! Have you read it or are you wanting to read it? 12mo
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I learned a lot by reading this book. The sex is blunt and at times made me uncomfortable.

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Oryx
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Current read

#dogsoflitsy

bookworm92 My dog always sits near me when I am reading too. Sometimes I will even read a loud to him. 12mo
squirrelbrain It‘s a good one! Hi, Daisy! 👋 12mo
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JenniferP
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A ground breaking novel about transgender life experience that pushes the boundaries of who is included in motherhood. Not perfect technically, but a worthwhile book for expanding your point of view.

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Suet624
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I had to really push myself to get through this one. It was informative, for sure, and that made it worth reading. But I was never fully invested in the outcome of the pregnancy and the angst involved with the decision of how to organize a family.

#CampToB

Ruthiella I think sometimes it was too heavily explanatory. But I particularly liked Ames‘s first shopping trip and the pleasure and discomfort that experience provided and the fight between Amy and the cowboy guy, which was cringe worthy but so real. 12mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella yes, I agree. There was just a little too much There were several events that were engrossing. I‘m glad I read it but I‘m glad I‘m done too. 🤣 12mo
BarbaraBB After all the glowing reviews yours is the second so-so appearing on my timeline in two days. I wonder now where I‘ll end up. I‘ll read it soon for #CampToB! @TrishB 12mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to see what you think. 12mo
TrishB @Suet624 that‘s how I felt! @BarbaraBB will look forward to your review 👍🏻 (edited) 12mo
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TrishB
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I didn‘t love it. The writing is good and I learned a lot, which is always a good thing.
I read reviews that called it a social comedy, I didn‘t laugh once so I‘m guessing it‘s me.

Ruthiella I didn‘t find it funny either? I thought it was soapy, which I liked. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m so curious about this one...I‘m on the wait list from my library 🤗🤗🤗 12mo
Cathythoughts In have it waiting on kindle ... 🤔 not sure what I‘ll think now .. @Ruthiella I like soapy too , Claire Lombardo ‘ The Best Fun We Ever Had ‘ recommends it & I loved her book because it was soapy ... look forward to trying it 12mo
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Cathythoughts @Ruthiella soapy means like a soap opera , family drama .. right ? 12mo
LeahBergen I‘ve heard that from a friend (that they learnt so much from this book). 12mo
CarolynM I've been on the fence about reading this, but I'm getting more and more curious. Learning is always a good thing, right? And I feel I've quite a lot to learn in this area😬 12mo
Jas16 I didn‘t love this one either but found it really thought provoking. 12mo
BarbaraBB You‘re the first so-so I read. I am curious to see where I‘ll end up! 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts I‘ll be really interested to see what you think! 12mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @CarolynM learning is definitely a good thing. Less likely to put my foot in mouth now. 12mo
TrishB @Jas16 yes, exactly. 12mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘ll be curious too! I slept on it too to see what I thought this morning, 12mo
BarbaraBB But nothing changed during the night? 12mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I was still a bit disappointed that I didn‘t love it. 12mo
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Abailliekaras
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go is up: take a listen to me and Annie raving about this book. 🌈🎧

TrishB Might have a listen once I‘ve finished, just reading now. 12mo
AnneCecilie I will definitely listen to this once I‘ve read the novel. 12mo
Abailliekaras @trishB @AnneCecilie I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 12mo
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I was hesitant to read this book, until I realized it is an #OwnVoices story by a trans author, and the detransition in question happens out of fear & difficulty living in a transphobic society, rather than feeling it was a mistake.

A story of three women navigating queer parenthood. It‘s messy and complex, just like real life. Cis folks are not centered, the reader is dropped into the character‘s trans community with no footnotes ⬇️⬇️

4thhouseontheleft or slang explanations. The story is layered and rich, and really really good. There are a lot of themes: gender perceptions, trans experience, gender construction, motherhood, sex work, misogyny, HIV...I could keep going. I‘m disappointed this didn‘t make the women‘s prize shortlist. #pop21 #booked2021 #newin2021 #bookspinbingo (edited) 12mo
KarenUK Great review. I really liked this one too 💕 12mo
KatieDid927 Agreed. I also wanted it to make the shortlist. 12mo
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Cinfhen Wonderful review!! I‘ve been worried I wouldn‘t grasp the story but now I‘m excited to try. Did you do audio or print @KarenUK ?? How about you @Megabooks ?? I can use an Audible credit but not sure if this will work on audio?? 12mo
Cinfhen Also, really fabulous photo, Alisa 💕 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I read this on audio and loved it that way! 12mo
Cinfhen Great!!! Thanks @Megabooks 💜 12mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 👍 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this one on kindle, looking forward to it 12mo
KarenUK I did print and can recommend it too @Cinfhen 12mo
Cinfhen Cool 😎 thanks @KarenUK I think I‘m leaning towards audio 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @KatieDid927 @KarenUK Thanks! @Cinfhen I'm curious how the audiobook is, it would need an excellent narrator to do the book justice. 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja @cathythoughts Thanks! It took me a while to put into words how I felt! 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @cinfhen My hesitation with audio would be in relation to many of the conversations. Some of the language and lexicon is very much how trans folx would talk to each other, without any explanations for cis readers. It made me slow down and read more intentionally. Also, Google was occasionally my friend! 12mo
Cinfhen I was wondering about that, Alisa. So maybe now I should go Kindle?? 12mo
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