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A Girlhood: A Letter to my Transgender Daughter

Carolyn Hays

Published: 19th January 2023 When Carolyn Hays's child made clear to the family that they were all wrong, he was not a boy, but, in fact, a girl, the Hays shifted pronouns, adopted a nickname and encouraged her to dress as she felt comfortable. One ordinary day, a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families knocked on their door to investigate an anonymous complaint about the upbringing of their transgender child. It was this threat that instilled in them a deep-seated fear for their child's safety in the Republican state they called home. And so they uprooted their lives to the more trans-accepting Northeast United States, though they were never far from the hate and fear resting at the nation's core. Publisher: Macmillan ISBN: 9781529064483

Our Curators said...

Carolyn Hays' book challenges us all to consider the lengths we would go to, in order to protect the ones we love.

The LoveMyRead Team

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What the Critics are Saying

'Stunning . . . Built like a thriller, moving, wise and illuminated on every page with love'

Joanne Harris

'Hays's story is about more than the transgender question: it's about ignorance and wisdom; hatred and love; men, women, and children. In the end, A Girlhood is about all of us.'

Jennifer Finney Boylan

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