INTERLOPER by Kim Erin Cowley

I am proud to announce the latest novel from Dandelion Digital:

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The main character, Lee Habens is an outsider, never really fitting in, and always feeling like an interloper in her own life.  The time comes when things have to change, and she decides to take radical action so that she can truly be herself, and claim her rightful place in society.  For Lee, this means transforming her body, to become the woman she has always been on the inside.

The novel is set in the 1980s, so for me, it was great to go back to the atmosphere of those days – London’s colourful clubbing scene and the flamboyance of being young in the eighties.  But gender re-assignment was hardly known in those days, so for Lee, there was a lot of research in the library, followed by the excitement of discovering that having a sex change was even a thing.  Not much was known about the science or the medicine behind it, so in the book, the GP learns alongside her patient, as they investigate and start the hormone treatment and everything necessary for Lee to build a new life.

The book is a fascinating insight into what it’s like to make this incredible journey from one gender to another.  We see Lee’s wonder at her changing body, alongside her dilemmas about secrecy and her acceptance by other people.  We see the importance of the roles played by the key friends and professionals who help her to redefine herself, and the liberation of starting to live her new life. Her emotions are often all over the place, but whatever happens, Lee remains resolute, in her quest for her real self.

The book is very definitely fiction, but it’s written by an author with first hand experience of what the main character goes through.  Kim Erin Cowley is someone who has been through a lot in order to “resolve the conflict at the heart of my very existence”.

INTERLOPER is available to order from any bookshop from 1 July 2017.
Large format paperback, 466 pages: £14.99, ebook £9.99.