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Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A uniquely trans take on love, motherhood, and those exes who you just can't quit

Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021

'A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel' Chris Kraus
'Tremendously funny and sexy as hell' Juliet Jacques
'Emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent' Claire Lombardo

Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn't hate. She'd scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then
everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina's pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family - and raise the baby together?

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Praise for Detransition, Baby

  • 'Detransition, Baby updates and transcends (trans-scends!) the Sex and the City model, while fully delivering its many satisfactions! ... A noteworthy advance in the history of the novel!'

  • 'Detransition, Baby is emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent - a vibrant and kaleidoscopic portrait of complicated women and their colliding lives.' - The Most Fun We Ever Had

  • 'Riveting, insightful, and very funny ... an unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family-making. Destined to be a 21st century classic, Detransition, Baby will definitely keep you up late and might destroy your book club, but in a good way.' - Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

  • 'Torrey Peters just took everything that couldn't be done, and did it ... Plenty of books are good; this book is alive.' - Confessions of the Fox

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