Sex Changes

A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On

Christine Benvenuto

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What do you do when the other woman is your husband? A wife's memoir of her husband's sex change
 
Christine Benvenuto had been married for more than twenty years—with three young children—when her husband turned to her one night in bed and said "I’m thinking constantly about my gender." He was unhappy in his body and wanted to become a woman.

Part memoir, part voyeur’s look into a marriage, Sex Changes is a journey through the end of a marriage and out the other side. We see a woman, desperate to save her family and shelter her children, discover a well of strength and resilience she never knew she had. We learn what to tell the neighbors when your husband starts wearing heels with his shirts and ties. We see a woman open herself to a group of friends who travel with her through her darkest times, provide light and levity throughout—and who offer the opportunity to learn how to give as well as receive the love and support of true friendship. When she lost her husband to skirts and hormones, life made Chris a better woman.

Sex Changes is the story of what one woman discovered about herself in the midst of the conflagration of her family. Fiercely funny, self-lacerating, and not entirely politically correct, Sex Changes is a journey of love and anguish told with hilarity, heartbreak and a lot of soul searching. It is about the mysteries in every marriage, the secrets we chose to keep, and the freedom that the truth can bring.

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THE VESSEL CRACKS
 
 
I’m thinking constantly about my gender. It’s on my mind all the time, constantly. I’ve tried to deal with this on my own and I can’t. I need to talk about it.
It was a mild June night the week before Father’s Day.
The weekend before, I went away with a group of women I’ve been friends with for some sixteen years and counting. On my way out the door, apropos of nothing, I turned to Tracey and with prophetically bad timing told him, “I want us to use the coming year to create the really good life I know we can

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"Christine Benvenuto's Sex Changes is a long overdue book: the story of her experience with her husband's gender transition is complex and questioning, and always honest. It suggests how deeply transformative recovering from the loss of a marriage can be." --Helen Boyd, author of She's Not the Man I Married

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Christine Benvenuto pulls us into the eddies of heartbreak, confusion, anger, and epiphany that swirl in the wake of her shattered marriage. Benvenuto, like the best of memoirists, has that clear, true voice that transforms her story into my story -- the details are different, but not the emotions. And as she makes her way through uncharted waters, discovering unseen facets of herself, I, too, make discoveries about myself. This is the power of storytelling at its best." --Sally Ryder Brady, author of A Box of Darkness: The Story of a Marriage

"A refreshingly gutsy narrative that offers a compelling view of sexual maturity and a sexual coming-of-age at midlife." --Kirkus


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About the Author

Christine Benvenuto

CHRISTINE BENVENUTO is the author of Shiksa, as well as fiction, essays, and reviews that have appeared in many publications, including The Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tikkun and Moment. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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Sex Changes
A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On
Christine Benvenuto

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
November 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312649500
ISBN10: 0312649509
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250031600
ISBN10: 1250031605
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
November 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250018618
ISBN10: 1250018617
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$9.99
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