Denise Chanterelle DuBois's transformation into a woman wasn't easy. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles: a domineering father, a gritty 1960s neighborhood with no understanding of gender nonconformity, trouble in school, and a childhood so haunted by deprivation that neckbone soup was a staple. Terrified of revealing her inner self, DuBois lurched through alcoholism, drug dealing and addiction, car crashes, dangerous sex, and prison time. Dennis barreled from Wisconsin to California, Oregon, Canada, Costa Rica, New York, Bangkok, and Hawaii on a joyless ride.
Defying all expectations, DuBois didn't crash and burn. Embracing her identity as a woman, she remade herself. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.
About the Author
Denise Chanterelle DuBois is an actress, environmentalist, and businesswoman. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Part 1. 1958-1972
San Diego, 1983
Part 2. 1972-1983
Part 3. 1983-1997
Kauai and Tribeca, 2008, and Oregon, 2002
Part 4. 2002-2004
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's hard to know what to rate... Denise's life or this book. The book itself isn't bad. Nicely written and edited, it tells the story of a trans woman and her life before and during her transition. Denise's life itself is a mess. It could be summerized as one big attempt to escape who she really was. In running from her past and her abusive family, she runs into drugs and pot and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. She struggles with an addiction to crystal meth, finds nothing wrong in drinking and smoking pot, and has an obsession with complicating her own life in so many ways. As the book ended, I found myself hoping her life is better now that she has transitioned fully than it was before. If it is, this book could be read as journey from Dennis to Denise. If it's not, it could be read as a tale of horror, where the demons we run to become the demons that ultimately destroy us.