Detransition, Baby, the debut novel by Torrey Peters, is a pretty easy-to-follow domestic romance drama. There’s a woman whose ex wants to raise a baby with her that he accidentally conceived with a coworker.
Oh, the woman in trans. The man has detransitioned. And the coworker is cisgender.
Peters wrote the novel as a way to explore the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of trans relationships. She previously self-published two novellas that she promoted as “by trans for trans.” There was no hand holding readers as she wrote stories where readers had a basic understanding of the trans community.
This debut follows suit. It’s a mainstream novel about the complicated relationships we all have in 2021. There’s no hand holding. Readers can expect a bourgouis, melodramatic novel. Just like Torrey Peters wanted.
Listen to the first podcast episode of 2021 as Torrey Peters talks about her debut novel Detransition, Baby.