Queer Book Club: Detransition, Baby

For its first ever meeting, Queer Book Club will be reading Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters.

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Reese 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 became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

Ames 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 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 together?

This 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.

Anyone is welcome to join our Queer Book Club, led by Kelly, who is excited to share their passion for literature about people from the LGBT+ community. The club aims to highlight books from different eras and genres that deal with diverse queer experiences. Stop by the store to chat with Kelly if you want more info about the club, or send them an email at kelly@bookendsandbeginnings.com.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Online event
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ISBN: 9780593133385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - October 5th, 2021