A Safe Girl to Love: 09/12/17
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett is a collection of short stories about trans women finding love in various points in their journey of finding themselves.
These stories are written in a variety of styles and are set in a variety of towns across the United States and Canada. My favorite pieces were the shorter ones — ones often written as lists of things to do.
There is one for example, early on in a woman's life where she is still trying to get comfortable enough to purchase clothing at the sort of boutique stores that sell the kinds of clothing she wants to wear. Along with the advice of buy skirts not dresses because they'll fit better on a still masculine body, there are also musings on the weirdness that are women's sizes.
There are other stories that are more focused on the mechanics of sex and the joy of finding someone who is aware of the situation and doesn't care.
And there are stories of parents and acquaintances reacting to the reality of the situation. Some are accepting. Some aren't. Some are ambivalent.
All in all it's a fairy quick read. I ended up working through the stories over the course of two evenings.