Five transwomen; five lives; five sets of problems! New girl Sarah arrives in The Sisterhood Club just as the lives of those she meets are about to fall apart. Jo is faced with devastating loss and unending pressure at work; Phoebe is about to become homeless; Cathy is staring the end of her marriage in the face. Naomi, the Mother Hen of the group, while appearing to keep it all together, is facing mounting problems of her own… and Sarah is left wondering what on earth she is walking into!
Can the common bonds of their burgeoning sisterhood see them through the ever-growing pressure, or will the world around them finally destroy it all?
Roz White is a well-known author of transgender fiction; in this, her first full novel, her explorations of this unique condition go deeper and more complete than ever before.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is one of the most heart breaking, inspirational and absolutely engrossing reads of this year. Roz White captured my heart with every one of these women’s personal journey’s.
Welcome to The Sisterhood where you can learn about the best place to buy clothes, how to apply make-up and actually be yourself, the real you. Meet Sarah the new girl to the group, Jo, Cathy, Phoebe and Naomi, these lovely ladies are transwomen, all at different stages of acknowledging their inner true feelings of who they are.
Now all these ladies are having a rough time one way or another and the only thing you can do when that happens is of course shop, so a day out is arranged to hit the stores in a big way. I was quite giddy myself to tag along, nervous yes, but the excitement when they all meet up was electric. Eat your heart out Charlie’s Angels, The Sisterhood have arrived! This was quite a learning curve in so many ways. Talk about highs and lows as I was giddy as the girls and absolutely so proud of how they reacted to other situations.
Life problems though never do just disappear and the constant battles of acceptance not just by strangers but by family and even the authorities must be a constant drain on emotions and finances. Not to mention the girls trying to keep their secret lives totally secret because of family and work.
This is an amazing story told by a women that is on this journey herself, Roz White. I really feel humble that I have been invited into this world in this very small way. I am of course just going to buy the second book as a little catching up to do, book 5 is due out soon.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’ve been writing stories since my earliest memories: my first masterpiece was two pages of foolscap – with illustrations – about a television programme of the time, and contained more uses of the word “then” than any other. I’d like to think I’ve improved just a little since then; after all, I was only about five.
My English teacher in secondary school didn’t care for the dark, gritty science-fiction I regularly turned in for class assignments either, yet I persisted. I was teaching myself more than she ever did! As an aside, she also ruined both Shakespeare and Dickens for me, but that’s for another time.
So, where to really begin? I’m already in my fifties, although I’ve no idea when that happened! I’m British, English by birth and currently Scottish by residence: I’ve been here for over ten years now, on a remote island that requires me to commute by ferry for the day job – one of the best journeys to and from work in the world, surely! In the summer at least… this provides my core writing time, and with a favourable wind I can turn out a fair amount in that time. My output over the last twenty years or so has included almost a dozen novels and a handful of non-fiction texts, the latter being well-known in their academic field – something of a boasting point, I’m afraid! There have also been short stories scattered here and there.
However… if you look for all these other books under my name, you won’t find them, and here we come to the part of this biography that, for all my years of dealing with it, I still don’t seem to have any proper sort of handle on.
I am transgendered. There, I said it! I am biologically male, psychologically feeling more and more female (whatever that means, but it feels that way to me) as the years go by. My writing allows me a useful window to explore this side of me, and undoubtedly helps keep me close to some semblance of sanity. My family (I’m married with children) are aware of this side of me, and have accepted it without question since the Great Secret coming out – for which I am incredibly, totally, grateful.
I love sharing what I do: I have taken to FaceBook like a duck to water, and I regularly post updates, snippets and recent news about whatever it is I’m doing. I also have a blog, after many years of Luddite resistance, and similarly I am finding this to be a fantastic way of getting this gender-related business out there into places where it will hopefully do a bit of good and promote some understanding – not least in me!
My Facebook Author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roz-White/1567046250194474
BOOKS SO FAR BY THIS AUTHOR