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Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters

Detransition, Baby By Torrey Peters

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

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

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Detransition, Baby: Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021 and Top Ten The Times Bestseller by Torrey Peters

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021 Shortlisted for the 2022 National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize for best first book As heard on BBC Radio 4's Front Row February 2021 Book of the Month for Roxane Gay's Book Club Selected for The New York Times Notable Books of 2021 and The Times Best Books of 2021 Longlisted for the PEN/ Hemingway Award 'Irresistible ... Detransition, Baby is the first great trans realist novel' Grace Lavery, Guardian 'A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel' Chris Kraus 'Tremendously funny and sexy as hell' Juliet Jacques 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?

Detransition, Baby Reviews

Detransition, Baby is emotionally generous, richly textured, and deeply intelligent - a vibrant and kaleidoscopic portrait of complicated women and their colliding lives. -- Claire Lombardo, New York Times-bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had
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! -- Elif Batuman
The smartest novel I've read in ages ... it manages to be utterly savage & lacerating while also conveying endlessly expanding compassion. It's kind of a miracle. -- Garth Greenwell
So good I want to scream -- Carmen Maria Machado
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. -- Andrea Lawlor, author of 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. -- Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox
Peters confronts the unruliness of our desires, and our vitality as we struggle within their limits ... a dishy, engrossing new novel * New Yorker *
Writing with alarming insight, Torrey Peters captures the grandiose, heartfelt and sometimes mangled aspirations of queer and trans people facing an unprecedented array of personal choice. By showing how gender transition (like divorce, or any transformative life event) can be simultaneously destabilizing and liberating, Peters makes trans culture relatable to all. A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel. -- Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
I love Detransition, Baby for its wit, its irreverence. And I love it even more for its reverence-its reverence for the quest for womanhood, motherhood, selfhood. Torrey Peters evokes these characters with such fullness and compassion that they felt like dear friends to me. This is an important book, and I couldn't put it down. -- Helen Philips, author of The Need
Irresistible ... Perhaps Detransition, Baby is the first great trans realist novel? Witty, elegant and rigorously plotted, Peters's book breezily plays with the structural conventions of literary realism ... Peters's novel approaches the well trodden topic of baby fever, and although it renders the specificity of trans community and subjectivity in vivid, electric prose, its real appeal is much wider. -- Grace Lavery * Guardian *
I loved [Detransition, Baby] so, so much - it's so smart, funny and sad about human nature and all our longings, hypocrisy, shame and sweetness. And it's fearlessly thought-provoking about gender. Such a literary feat and also such a great read. -- Curtis Sittenfeld
Detransition, Baby is a landmark piece of trans literature - brutally honest and yet incredibly sensitive about trans living, tremendously funny and sexy as hell. -- Juliet Jacques, author of Trans: A Memoir
A visceral, funny exploration of sex and gender through a triad of people - trans and cis -rocked by an unexpected pregnancy * Vanity Fair *
Smart, funny, and bighearted. . . . A wonderfully original exploration of desire and the evolving shape of family [and] . . . a dishy contemporary drama. * Kirkus starred review *
Possibly the most hotly anticipated work of transgender fiction ever * Pink News *
Page-turning ... Through a careful narrative that laces humour into every paragraph, Peters paints a story of LGBT identity that will be engaging to any person who has struggled to define their place in the world * New Statesman *
Fleishman is in Trouble meets Transparent in this eye-opening, gender-bending exploration of parenthood. * Oprah Magazine's Best Books of 2021 *
Written with verve and humour, it's a must-read for 2021. * Stylist *
The distinctive storyline in this page-turner navigates gender, sex, relationships (from romantic to familial), and the commonly unaccepted ideas surrounding them. * Cosmopolitan Best Books of 2021 *
Detransition, Baby strikes to the heart of the moment. This conversation-shifting, taboo-busting novel is set to catapult its author, Torrey Peters - a Brooklyn-based trans writer whose two self-published novellas drew a cult following - into the mainstream ... Detransition, Baby should be on your reading list. It's an exuberant novel of ideas, desire and life's messy ironies - all filtered through Peters' astute, witty characters. * Evening Standard *
Devastating, hilarious, touching, timely and studded with fun pop culture references and celebrity cameos, this is an acutely intelligent story about womanhood, parenthood and all the possibilities that lie within. * BookPage starred review *
A landmark... Detransition, Baby is a comic and prodding take on transness and taboos. * i-D magazine *
A riotously funny and fearless debut from Torrey Peters, who is clearly not afraid of polarising readers. * AnOther magazine *
With heart and savvy, Detransition, Baby upends our traditional, gendered notions of what parenthood can look like. . . . Reese, Ames and Katrina feel to us more like friends than characters. * The New York Times Book Review *
Ferociously smart and fearlessly queer ... this enthralling, extraordinary book is as queer as Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor, and as sharp as Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life. Superb. * Attitude *
Detransition Baby is somehow both biting and deeply tender all at once... and feels up-to-the-second relevant. A lot of people recommended this book to me, and I will be recommending it to many, many others, queer, trans, straight, cis -- Amelia Abraham
Sparklingly intelligent ... Detransition, Baby is for anyone who has ever reached a point of reassessment, transformation and risk -- Rosie Wilby * The F Word *
Perhaps the first great novel about the realities of being trans, this witty, savage yet compassionate story is essential, exciting reading * Sunday Telegraph *
The striking thing about Torrey Peters's first novel is not its vivid portrait of trans women's lives in Obama-era Brooklyn, nor its mordant wit, but the sheer accomplishment of its carpentry... a brave defence of what it means to be a woman - and a mother -- Roz Kaveney * TLS *
Detransition, Baby blows preconceived notions of the nuclear family out of the water, by questioning what personal fulfilment can and should look like in a contemporary setting ... Tantalising * The Face *
Devastating, hilarious, tender, ambitious, provocative - there simply aren't enough superlatives to heap upon this masterful work of fiction. * Independent Best LGBTQ+ Books *
Amazing, genuinely. Eye-opening, empathy building, and full of compelling, complex characters -- Rick O'Shea
This entertaining novel about a trans couple gleefully tramples over political pieties * The Times Summer Reads *
This nuanced portrait of trans feminine culture riffs on Sex and the City to challenge taboos around family, gender and relationships. Funny, irreverent, compassionate, it marks a watershed in queer literature. * Evening Standard Best Books of 2021 *
Looking for the first great trans novel? It's right here in this taboo-busting comedy of manners ... If Jane Austen had written a novel about trans relationships, it might have read something like this. * The Times Best Books of 2021 *
Well-written, deeply, gorgeously queer, messy, sexy, and it probes really interesting questions about womanhood, motherhood, fatherhood, queer parenting, the relationships we make and break. -- Roxane Gay

About Torrey Peters

Torrey Peters lives in Brooklyn and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She is the author of two novellas, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. @torreypeters

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Detransition, Baby: Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021 and Top Ten The Times Bestseller by Torrey Peters
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