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She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

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The exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny.

She’s Not There is the story of a person changing genders, the story of a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret; above all, it is a love story.

By turns funny and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the remarkable territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. She’s Not There is a portrait of a loving marriage—the love of James for his wife, Grace, and, against all odds, the enduring love of Grace for the woman who becomes her “sister,” Jenny.

To this extraordinary true story, Boylan brings the humorous, fresh voice that won her accolades as one of the best comic novelists of her generation. With her distinctive and winning perspective, She’s Not There explores the dramatic outward changes and unexpected results of life as a woman: Jenny fights the urge to eat salad, while James consumed plates of ribs; gone is the stability of “one damn mood, all the damn time.”

While Boylan’s own secret was unusual, to say the least, she captures the universal sense of feeling uncomfortable, out of sorts with the world, and misunderstood by her peers. Jenny is supported on her journey by her best friend, novelist Richard Russo, who goes from begging his friend to “Be a man” (in every sense of the word) to accepting her as an attractive, buoyant woman. “The most unexpected thing,” Russo writes in his Afterword to the book, “is in how Jenny’s story we recognize our shared humanity.”

As James evolves into Jennifer in scenes that are by turns tender, startling, and witty, a marvelously human perspective emerges on issues of love, sex, and the fascinating relationship between our physical and our intuitive selves. Through the clear eyes of a truly remarkable woman, She’s Not There provides a new window on the often confounding process of accepting ourselves.

Review:

"[B]rings irreverence and a merrily outrageous sense of humor to this potentially serious business....What [Boylan] accomplishes, most entertainingly, is to draw the reader into extremely strange circumstances as if they were utterly normal." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Boylan has a good comic ear, and that humor keeps the book...on track if somewhat trivialized: most scenes are breezy and played for laughs....[F]requently poignant...yet those moments don't cut to the quick of the story..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[L]impid, soul-rich....Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In addition to being a complete delight, this book should make us all question what we mean when we use the words love, marriage, and friendship. Jennifer Finney Boylan is a great gift to womanhood." Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

Synopsis:

The Exuberant Memoir Of A Man Named James Who Became A Woman Named Jenny.

About the Author

Jennifer Finney Boylan is cochair of the English department at Colby College, where she was voted Professor of the Year in 2000. As James Finney Boylan, she wrote the critically praised novels The Constellations, The Planets, and Getting In, as well as a collection of short stories. She lives in Maine with her family.

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Fran, February 4, 2007 (view all comments by Fran)
Boylan hooks you into her story with a quick wit, but suddenly you realize what a truly gifted writer she is in describing her feelings and relationships. You begin to see how Boylan's MtF transgender process is effecting her wife, maybe even more by what is not spoken. You really get a sense of what her collegue/best friend goes through as he assimulates Boylan's MtF transgender process. This is probably the best autobiography I've read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767914048
Afterword by:
Russo, Richard
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Boylan, Jennifer Finney
Afterword:
Russo, Richard
Location:
New York
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Transsexuals
Subject:
English teachers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
GTR-527
Publication Date:
July 29, 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.30x6.36x1.06 in. 1.32 lbs.

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Product details 300 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767914048 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[B]rings irreverence and a merrily outrageous sense of humor to this potentially serious business....What [Boylan] accomplishes, most entertainingly, is to draw the reader into extremely strange circumstances as if they were utterly normal."
"Review" by , "Boylan has a good comic ear, and that humor keeps the book...on track if somewhat trivialized: most scenes are breezy and played for laughs....[F]requently poignant...yet those moments don't cut to the quick of the story..."
"Review" by , "[L]impid, soul-rich....Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo."
"Review" by , "In addition to being a complete delight, this book should make us all question what we mean when we use the words love, marriage, and friendship. Jennifer Finney Boylan is a great gift to womanhood."
"Synopsis" by , The Exuberant Memoir Of A Man Named James Who Became A Woman Named Jenny.
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