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“Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery (SRS), I am obliged to stop taking my hormones. I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation.”
In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery — a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newspaper column. "Trans" tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.
Fresh from university, eager to escape a dead-end job, she launches a career as a writer in a publishing culture dominated by London cliques and still figuring out the impact of the Internet. She navigates the treacherous waters of a world where, even in the liberal and feminist media, transgender identities go unacknowledged, misunderstood or worse. Yet through popular culture − from the Smiths to Derek Jarman, from Pedro Almodovar to Dana International - and also politics and football, Jacques starts to become the person she had only imagined, and begins the process of transition. Interweaving the personal with the political, her memoir is a powerful exploration of debates that comprise trans politics, issues which promise to redefine our understanding of what it means to be alive.
Revealing, honest, humorous, and self-deprecating, this moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics includes an epilogue with Sheila Heti, author of ''How Should a Person Be?'', in which Jacques and Heti discuss the cruxes of writing and identity.
Paperback, 310 Pages, Orig. Published 2015, This Edition Publ. December 2016
Author : Juliet Jacques, Epilogue with Sheila Heti