Detransition, Baby


A witty, tender look into the inner lives of three women—Reese, trans woman; Katrina, a cis woman; and Ames, who lived as a woman for six years and then detransitioned—Torrey Peters’ debut novel explores deep, sometimes dark, places that few writers dare to venture. Beginning with an unplanned pregnancy, the story of love, self-discovery, loss and pain follows the three characters on a journey that intertwines them in vulnerable, complicated ways. Detransition, Baby challenges ideas about motherhood, family and gender, jumping head-first into some of the most painful and taboo topics. Peters makes an immensely unique, personal tale exist also as an illuminating note on US culture—without being didactic.