Fiction about trans women written by trans women is, at least in mainstream publishing, pretty rare—so Torrey Peters’ debut novel about three women (two trans, one cis) entangled in complicated relationships arrived with a lot of attention and high hopes. It delivered. This radiant and provocative story follows Reese, a trans woman who falls into a self-destructive spiral when her long-term girlfriend Amy decides to detransition and live as Ames; Ames, who quickly realizes life as a man isn’t much easier; and Katrina, Ames’ boss and hookup who gets pregnant with his baby. As the trio negotiate their desires and expectations, Peters delivers astute observations about gender, sex, family and womanhood.
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