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Friday, November 6, 2015

The Secret Life of...

I'm a Charity Norman fan! And this is the best of an excellent bunch (in my view). Best because this picks up one of the most difficult and least understood of all the gender issues that are being discussed today. It is the story of a transgender journey for respectable, family man Luke, to his true gender identity as Lucia. I learned a great deal about what this means and what it entails for the person and for their family, friends, employment... Norman does not avoid the harsh realities but in her usual style she portrays all characters sympathetically as they grapple with this huge reality. In all her books Norman's characters are "good people" and she manages to bring things to a very satisfying conclusion in spite the complexities. This book is published in 2015. Hope she is in the process of writing more!