Longlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize
February 2021 Book of the Month for Roxane Gay’s Book Club
A provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach.
An unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making… Detransition, Baby might destroy your book club, but in a good way ~ Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
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?