Detransition, Baby: A Novel
October 2, 2021 10:00 PM - Subscribe

In Torrey Peters's 2021 novel, the lives of three people—transgender and cisgender—collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires. Longlisted for The Women’s Prize, a Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
posted by rogerroger (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm finding this kind of heavy going, since Reese, Ames, and Katrina are all pretty awful people. And the worst thing is, they are awful in ways I recognize. I mean, bigger than and more dramatic than, but I've met these people and their awful messed up choices, and they are friends, and I want it to work out for them, and I am kind of scared it won't. So I'm taking a break.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:48 PM on October 5, 2021

GenjiandProust, if you already feel this about the characters and haven't finished the book, you may not enjoy the rest. I didn't think Reese, Ames, and Katrina were awful people. Yes, Reese and Katrina did horrible things at times (did Ames?) but what I liked about the book is that you could peek into their motivations and understand why they did what they did.

I am glad I read this book and found it very worthwhile to read. There were times when I felt like Torrey Peters was exploring ideas and sharing thoughts rather than telling a story, and that took me out of the book. Still, as a white, cisgender heterosexual woman, I found many of the ideas new and valuable.
posted by rogerroger at 9:46 PM on October 6, 2021 [2 favorites]

I guess I shouldn't say "awful." They are hot messes, though, to be sure, and, as I've said. I have known people like them. The writing is very evocative, and I expect I will pick it back up after a brief time away.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:30 PM on October 7, 2021 [1 favorite]

Not so brief a time away, as I just finished it. It’s a hard read, since I saw people I know echoed in the characters. If I have a complaint, it’s that we don’t see enough of Ames in the “current day” it’s a tough read, but a good one.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:36 PM on April 7, 2023

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