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Detransition, Baby
A Novel
By (author): Torrey Peters
9780593133378 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Jan 12, 2021
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.2 in | 1.23 lb 352 pages Random House One World
A whipsmart debut about three women—transgender and cisgender—whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.

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, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel.

Story Locale: New York, New York

BELOVED CULT AUTHOR POISED FOR BREAKOUT SUCCESS: Torrey Peters has a devoted fanbase from her two self-published novellas, which both feature trans women; this is her eagerly anticipated debut novel.

FEARLESS WRITING ABOUT WOMANHOOD BY A TRANS WOMAN WRITER: What happens to ideas of family, motherhood, and love when you introduce a trans women into the domestic novel? Peters explores our deepest desires as women, especially those we may be too ashamed to admit. Her characters are flawed, messy, and vulnerable. They come from extremely different places, but arrive with a common goal: to examine, rethink, and enjoy their womanhood.

Torrey Peters is a writer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of two novellas, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. She also holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a master’s in comparative literature from Dartmouth.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Author Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

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Author Website: www.torreypeters.com

Detransition, Baby is so good I want to scream.”—Carmen Maria Machado

“This book is exhilaratingly good.”—Jia Tolentino

“It’s the smartest novel I’ve read in ages. I wish I could figure out how it manages to be utterly savage & lacerating while also conveying endlessly expanding compassion. It’s kind of a miracle.”—Garth Greenwell

“If I had the ability to momentarily wipe my memory, I’d use it to reread Detransition, Baby for the first time.”Vogue

“Even the most complimentary adjectives feel insufficient to describe Torrey Peters’ first novel.”Bookpage (starred review)

“This emotionally devastating, culturally specific, endlessly intelligent novel is . . . really, really
funny.”Austostraddle

“A fiercely confident novel.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“With heart and savvy, [Detransition, Baby upends] our traditional, gendered notions of what parenthood can look like.”The New York Times Book Review

“[Peters] confronts the unruliness of our desires, and our vitality as we struggle within their limits.”The New Yorker

“[An] electrifying debut . . . a deeply searching novel that resists easy answers.”Esquire

“Peters’s soap opera-meets-modern-cultural-analysis is witty, emotional, and eye-opening.”People

“[Peters gets] to the very heart of what it means to exist as a gendered being in the world.”them

“Funny and gossipy and insightful and cutting and absolutely delicious, all while tackling issues from a lens that has been missing from the literary world for way too long.”Refinery29

“‘[Detransition, Baby] is going to play a role in defining the literature of 2021 and beyond.”The Millions

“Plenty of books are good; this book is alive.”Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox

“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

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