readers, to the site established by Doubleday Broadway for my
memoir, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders. The book
is about my journey from James to Jennifer, and tells the
stories of the woman who loved me, the family that struggled
with change, and the friends who helped me on my way.
While the dilemmas of transgendered people are arcane to most
people, it's my hope that this book will connect to anyone who
has ever wanted to do something they feared was impossible, to
anyone who has ever been guided along a difficult path by the
people that they love. As my friend Richard Russo writes in his
Afterword to the book, "This is not the particular story of
transgendered people —it's all of us."
As I look back at the story of my own life, I occasionally feel
that being born transgendered was the best thing that could have
happened to me. While dealing with this condition made life
difficult for me, as well as for my family, it's also true that
I have been given a rare gift in life, the gift of being able to
see into the worlds of both men and women with clear eyes. I
think that is something everyone strives for in life, to be able
to turn the thing that feels like one's greatest curse into the
For this life, for these friends, for this family, I am
immeasurably grateful. As I am grateful to the people at
Broadway/Doubleday, and to you, my readers.