(E–pub READ) Detransition, Baby


  • Hardcover
  • 352
  • Detransition, Baby
  • Torrey Peters
  • en
  • 04 May 2020
  • 9780593133378

Torrey Peters Ô 4 Read

review Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters Ô 4 Read review × PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Torrey Peters 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 togetherThis 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. Love that this diverse book was my 300th read for Netgalley Review to come

review × PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Torrey PetersDetransition, Baby

review Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters Ô 4 Read review × PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Torrey Peters A whipsmart debut about three women transgender and cisgender whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender motherhood and sexReese 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. I received an ARC of this book from EdelweissTorrey Peters author of The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones hops into Big Press level literary fiction with a novel about divorce lesbianism chasers trauma pregnancy and ueer parenting with all the specificity emotional intelligence and punch that anyone could possibly expect The plot that a detransitioned trans woman Ames gets his boss pregnant confesses his trans past and then asks his lover to coparent the baby with his ex girlfriend lonely thirtysomething trans elder Reese sounds like the blurb for a High Maintenance episode Oh a flip reviewer somewhere sighs could it be any hipster Brooklyn ueer and cutting edge But oh is it gripping I like to think that there s a way to dish about the specifics of trans community for a scandal hungry sex starved cis readership while also preserving authenticity for trans readers and if there is in fact a way to do that Peters is really good at it This is a novel that plays by all the structural rules of a compelling cerebral bougie straight divorce drama think FLEISHMANN IS IN TROUBLE maybe or perhaps something by Helen Oyeyemi Ames and Reese s past lesbian relationship and Reese s past infidelity keeps coming up and it ends up plugging into the heart of the mystery of why Ames detransitioned Meanwhile Ames current love for Katrina a cis woman mingles with his anxiety about fatherhood and Katrina s feelings of grief for her past divorce and miscarriage Everyone behaves badly sometimes and the reasons are compellingly almost fathomable Is Ames checked out because he s dissociated out of his fucking mind and needs to transition again or just because there is little sympathy or emotional support for the trauma he s experienced Is Reese unable to engage earnestly with the people closest to her because of transphobia and trauma or because she refuses to recognize that she is also capable of inflicting emotional harm on people she loves Is Katrina an opportunist seeking relief from her divorce in the promise of ueer parenting or a woman whose options in intimacy have been curtailed for so long that she finds it hard to admit what she really wants Peters uses a precise reserved tone and time skips aplenty to help the reader excavate what exactly is wrong in her characters lives and there are enough leaps between subjectivities to show that nobody is only a victim only traumatized only deluded It s the kind of compassion and needle sharp prodding that when combined leaves a reader both sueamishly uncomfortable and giddy with delightOne of the book s best contributions to lit fic is a serious engagement with the uestions of shame and desire among trans people Reese traditionally addicted to straight chaser doms with a flair for both sexual sadism and emotional abuse finds relief in Amy for years before cheating on her with Stanley a man that once physically assaulted her Reese s analysis of chasers and the agency of the chased in seeking out someone who desires them but might harm them is a take not yet fully articulated in literary fiction Like yes there is a tradition of this trope in sad fiction about sad trans women it is one of the tropes of the tragic trans woman that she cannot escape this kind of man Little Shop anyone But Reese unlike Audrey has choices the fun tricky devilish stuff in here is about the fact that she is probably able to recognize and avoid the kind of harm the men she is attracted to may give her and part of her sexual thrill comes from the fact she actively desires the option for victimhood that they present to her and the option for engaging in a relationship where she can hate her lover with impunity What does that mean for the men in her life Stanley is an abusive control freak and of all the characters is pretty one dimensional his successor who is simply called the cowboy is allowed to be a little complex The cowboy an HIV positive man who is cheating on his wife plays sexual games with Reese related to her own desire to mother and fulfills a need she has to feel appreciated cared for and loved even as he is unable to take her anywhere that his friends or wife will see her He needs something in her he is afraid to get it elsewhere Reese is embarrassed by how much she loves him There are also discussions of the ways trans women who are not yet out can also be chasers and pursueuse the women they really want to be sometimes worse than cis men can There are basic uestions of infidelity and accountability here but also a hot button issue is it wrong to be transamorous to have desire specifically for trans people s marginalized bodies and subjectivities as an outsider Is it any better if you yourself are trans As trans people what is our relationship to the people who desire us most fervently and if we seek out people who harm us who can we realistically blame What if we simultaneously harm each other just as badly There s a uestion going around that asks is it wrong to not engage with trans people honestly to admit desire for them and engage with how you are embodying it Peters suggests that this is a problem for than just trans people Peters subseuent engagement with both trans women s position as victims of violence and oppression and as people with agency who make a variety of sexual choices to navigate a complicated world is to put it lightly thrilling As is admittedly the range of characters we see navigating embodied lives How great and horrible for a closeted trans girl or uestioning person to pick this up and read itThe most delicious uestion I want to ask about this book after reading it is what white trans ueer in Brooklyn is ready to have our shit torn open like this It is white trans spaces after all that are mostly being told on there is an interesting aside from Ames at one point about how many trans women of color have mothers and family structures to live within or at least a tradition of this while white trans women have a different relationship to elders entitlement shame and rage The truth of this is up for debate one of Peters excellent ualities is noticing when things are a matter of opinion or position and Katrina calls Ames out on it The larger scene though is point for point and almost location for location Here we are with a FTM motorcyclist telling everyone how his ex has a slew of personality disorders here we are as people dish at a funeral with uips that people aware of context will realize are about real deaths and fallouts after here we are at Riis as ueers stand agape at an act of public self harm here we are at the trans girl picnic the bar where a trans girl is talking about her parents while DJ ing the meltdown at McCarren Park with a rich guy in an SUV in attendancethere s a snarky bit about Laura Jane Grace s memoir that elicited the most gleeful cackle Likewise there s some edgy asides about a certain kind of cis woman who would really like to be ueer if it were only possible and the capitalist sound baths and essential oil sprees they may embark upon in their journeyIs this book funny Yes deeply A roller coaster of in jokes for trans people I feel sure that it will thrill cis people in a not only voyeuristic way I also felt my guts being scraped out a lot as I went along for the ride after all there is nothing like an intelligent witty novel about the ways people can harm those close to them to make one reflect on the real relationships splayed out all around oneself and see how one is handling everything or how things one thought were new aren t newIs anyone ready for this kind of literary fiction to exist We d better be

review Detransition, Baby

review Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters Ô 4 Read review × PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô Torrey Peters Became Ames and everything fell apart Now Reese is caught in a self destructive pattern avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married menAmes 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. 45 stars Often when I m reading I am already thinking about how a book is making me feel about how I would describe it to someone Basically I m already formulating my review in my head Then I ll sit down at my computer as I am right now to form these thoughts into something fuller and coherent But I am not sure I ll be able to do that for this book because eventually I stopped thinking about how to describe it to another reader and just enjoyed it for my own self So sorry other readers all I ve got for you today is just how much I fucking loved this bookI am I admit biased Biased twice over really First I am a divorced cis woman which means this book is dedicated to me Not me personally just us as a group And I get it I love divorced cis women not all of them but there s a definite set of ualities you tend to find in us that I gravitate towards Divorce isn t the only way to get there as Peters notes but it is one of the most common ways in which the entire system you ve been operating under disappears and you have to build your own new way of living in the world Peters sees transition as something similar and I think she s right I ve also found it with other people like me who grew up very religious There is a certain cynical hardiness we all have that covers a deep awareness of our own vulnerability When you are this kind of person and you find another one there is an immediate kinship And that is how I felt reading this book too That I d found my people in a kind of way Second I m a ueer person reading this book and I would bet an awful lot of money that it will read very differently to straight by which I mean non ueer audiences This is the way we talk to each other This is the messiness we reveal to each other These are our fights and philosophical disagreements and tactics There is no performance of normalcy for straight eyes no need to put on our best rainbow colors no need to worry about how we are read by people passing by Every time I opened this book I relaxed a little The focus is on white trans women but any time I see a ueer community depicted honestly it is just like seeing another branch of my family tree And that is really what I have to say about this book Because outside of those feelings I just sat back and relaxed and had fun For other ueer folks you either immediately read the title as a joke or a threat which tracks for the book as a whole It is not afraid to push at these things it can t be with a detransitioned person as one of its central characters If that worries you it worried me don t worry As we dive into AmyAmes s detransition it is a sympathetic portrait but one with a very definite point of view This person is still a trans woman no matter how they present themselves to the world and the choice to detransition here is how it generally goes in real life that it happens out of fear rather than a feeling that it was a mistake This is a book with a strong point of view about ueer and trans life especially how they are for people of a certain age at a certain time And that point of view includes the messy stuff The toxic relationships the mindfuck of gender performance the creeps and chasers and the funerals Peters doesn t hang you out to dry here she tells you exactly how this works it is a cultural explainer at times but it never feels like one Because you are so deeply attached to Reese and Ames that you welcome the insights they have towards themselves and the world around them What could be wonderful than spending time with some ueer folks who are self aware enough to understand how messed up their choices are It is wonderful and it s also terrible I cried a lot I won t lie The pain of transition the many cuts trans women experience every single day both internally and externally are not the main subject here but Peters makes no attempt to hide them She integrates them into Reese and Amy s lives because that is simply how it is She lets them mourn and grieve and suffer because it is impossible not to in this moment in this world But I wouldn t put this in the pile of books where I generally put in a ueer Suffering warning I save that for the ones where the suffering is The Point and that s not it here Here we are wrapped up in the suffering and the melodrama and the wit and the keen clawing instinct to surviveAnd now I feel silly that it s taken me this many paragraphs to tell you how funny this book is how much I laughed Apologies Anyway There are paragraphs here than I anticipated But I suspect it is still just a pile of feelings that I ve thrown at you and I m not going to apologize that because I enjoyed it all so very very much I suspect reviews will use words like bold or brave because that is often what happens when marginalized people write honestly about their own experiences It is certainly a book that is not afraid and it wants you to know that It looks you right in the eye and dares you to contradict it


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    Torrey Peters Ô 4 Read (E–pub READ) Detransition, Baby I received an ARC of this book from EdelweissTorrey Peters author of The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones hops into Big Press level literary fiction with a novel about divorce lesbianism chasers trauma pregnancy and ueer parenting with all the specificity emotional intelligence and punch that anyone could possibly expect The plot that a detransitioned trans woman Ames gets his boss pregnant confesses his t

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