"...There aren't many stories about trans people out there, and very few good ones. This one is excellent, albeit with a caveat. Yes, it is literary, written as well as anything by Christopher Isherwood or Thomas Mann, two of my favorite LGBT writers..."
Reviewer: Hans M Hirschi hirschi.se/blog/chained-melodies/
This story isn't a transgender love story. This is a love story that involves a transgender person. I think this story is great, it takes a look at the perspective of people's perceptions of transgendered people in the late 20th century and it makes you think about has that view truly changed today. Goodreads Reviewer"...the excellent prose carried this book. Martin has an amazing voice, and her wordplay and structure literally make this book as good as it is. The whole thing flows from start to finish, annihilating the passage of time as you read (which is how I got through 100+ pages without even considering how far I'd read). There is very little to jar the reader out of the story, and there was more than one place where I actively teared up and had to sit back..."
Reviewer: The Rainbow Hub
I did really appreciate how richly the character's lives were depicted and how visceral the time period was shown to be. People have real problems--mental illness, abuse, neglectful parents, alcoholism, hopelessness, illness, infertility. And I liked that these are realistic blue collar people. Tom joins the army then works in a factory. Nothing glamorous in that, but its real-life for so many people...I liked Will/Billie and Tom. I liked their slow realizations. I liked the depth of writing and the patience with which the plot progresses.
About the Author
Debrah Martin is a British author writing under three different pen names and in three very different genres. As Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, where often the truth IS stranger than fiction. She plots fast-paced and compelling thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion. And writing as Lily Stuart, she's the author of a YA series where the heroine, also Lily Stuart, is THE teenage detective; irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable.