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Gypsy Moon Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Though you had to endure hatred, you held no animosity or resentment. Your aim was pure and you held onto your goals. Bravo! I know someone who had made the reverse trip, female-to-male. Either way, it is very difficult. For those of us who knew the person before, the pronouns are the hardest to control. I have met someone finished with the journey, who, like you became female. Since I didn't know her before, the pronouns are easy. As I was telling my husband about your journey I found the pronouns skipping around but by the end of the book they landed pretty firmly in she-land.
I wish everyone would read this book. It deals with the subject matter so personally that I think it would help others to step inside shoes they may not even know exist.
If the subject matter had been my usual fantasy, run-from-reality type read, I would have given it four stars as there are a few editing issues. Such as, in a conversation with TLC the attorney refers to you as Ms. Schneider. The reader knows this is a slip as Schneider is the company, of course. There were a couple of sentences that crammed into each other like we couldn't decide which sentence was better. None of the errors detract from the story at all. Maybe, in fact, the errors point to the fact that this wasn't a story but an imperfect life being lived. And maybe I noticed it more than others as I read while listening to text-to-speech.
All in all a marvelous story. I want to know what happened next. I wish you well in the rest of your life, living it as you feel it.
A publisher, truck driver, and a paralegal!!!
When I started reading this book, I found it difficult to put down. I'm not sure if it was because I wanted to know more about Pam, the endeavors in life that makes her who she is, or the fascinating skills of writing.
Pam, I owe you some "Twinkies" 😀
The amazing aspect of this journey is the dignity and determination with which Pamela Anders approaches new situations and challenges that would be daunting to most. Rather than quit when knocked off her feet, she finds emotional strength to get up, find an alternate plan if necessary and continue forward to successes, all the while maintaining an inspiring sense of humor.
The underlying lessons abound- If we are determined and committed to a plan, we CAN succeed! And none of us needs to be alone on our journey through life if we're open to the people and lessons we will surely encounter along the way.
Having never met a transexual, and having little to no knowledge of the gender reassignment process-I felt like I was looking through the windshield of Pam's truck. I had no idea it was such an involved and emotional roller coaster for those undergoing the transition. Although Pam talks about what lead her to the decision, including events from her childhood, I wish she went into more depth about what lead her to this decision.
Pam also touches on the reactions of her friends and family members, including her teenage sons and ex-wife. Pam's sister is present in the novel, and very supportive during her transition. Other relationships, such as that with her daughter which was already strained, need work but are not heavily burdened by the transition. Near the end of the novel, Pam contacts a mentor from the past who is very accepting of her life and still offers solid career advice.
I learned a lot while reading this novel and highly recommend it to everyone!
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A lot of small details but it adds to the charm and writing style