Torrey Peters, ‘Detransition, Baby’ – Outburst Book Group

13th April 2021

What would happen if we took seriously the perspectives of trans people, and allowed them to potentially transform how we see the whole of gender? – Mackenzie Warke

Up next in Outburst book group: Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby, one of the most talked about queer books of the year. We’ll meet over Zoom at 7pm on 13 April to chat informally over a cup of tea or a glass of wine…we’d love for you to join the discussion!

Reese nearly had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York, a job she didn’t hate. She’d scraped together a life previous generations of trans women could only dream of; the only thing missing was a child. Then everything fell apart and three years on Reese is still in self-destruct mode, avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

When her ex calls to ask if she wants to be a mother, Reese finds herself intrigued. After being attacked in the street, Amy de-transitioned to become Ames, changed jobs and, thinking he was infertile, started an affair with his boss Katrina. Now Katrina’s pregnant. Could the three of them form an unconventional family – and raise the baby together?

They say:

Irresistible … Detransition, Baby is the first great trans realist novel’ Grace Lavery, Guardian
‘A voraciously knowing, compulsively readable novel’ Chris Kraus
‘Tremendously funny and sexy as hell’ Juliet Jacques

The book group is free and open to all, but there are limited places. Please book your ticket below and we’ll send you the link to meet us online.

Outburst’s book group explores classic and contemporary queer books and ideas. We want to share accessible, exciting fiction (and more) that introduces queer themes, creative forms, and ways of being…and think about how these ideas relate to the queer futures we imagine for ourselves. We meet roughly every 5 or 6 weeks to discuss a new book in a welcoming and friendly setting. For the moment, our meeting place will be online, but in the future it will be in a city-centre Belfast location.

If you have any trouble finding/affording the book, please get in touch (participate(at) and we can help out!

ID: A cropped photo of the book cover, with the title on bright green, orange and pink drawn shapes including stylised faces.

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