|About the Book|
Before we reveal anything else, let us assure you, the title of the book, “Trans-sexy”, actually has a somewhat, well sort of, legitimate meaning in this novel. There is a reference in the story that is so obscure that if your mind wanders when you get to it, you will miss it. But at least the effort was made, and it’s not just to get you to buy the book, though it intrigued us enough to make us do so.Roxie works for a southwestern contemporary art museum that just happens to have as a principle donor her madly wealthy father. She is, therefore, not taken terribly seriously by the professionals at the museum nor the artists, if truth be told. That is certainly the case with the artist whose opening she is responsible for, Topher, whose massive canvasses concern the life of the same hippie era artist that Roxie is obsessed with. The two, Roxie and Topher that is, are inexorably drawn to each other, not just driven nuts by. When one of the central works for the exhibit goes missing, the two have to work together.OK, by now you want to know who the transgender character is. It’s Roxie. The novel concerns her transition and adjustment to life as a woman but not in a lecture-y way. She is, however, worried if her growing attraction to the artist will be denied when he finds out she used to be a he. When it turns out his artist’s representative is someone who knows Roxie used to be Rocco and who appears to delight in messing with Roxie, it seems inevitable.This is a fun novel. There is nothing heavy handed about it. It combines old Los Angeles history with a preservationist movement with trends in painting and sculpture with transgender issues and with typical Hollywood characters for whom being outrageous is their everyday clothing. Duffy pulls off what seemed to me to be a completely credible transwoman character, touched on some intriguing mysteries, all with a backdrop of the simultaneously gorgeous and depressing landscape of the modernizing LA. Read it, have fun with it, don’t expect Great Literature. It’s a gas and not meant to be anything but.