By Peg Tittle

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Jess used to be a man. Then he found himself in a female body. It wasn't funny. Why would anyone even think it was?


There's a scene in Tootsie (1982) that is surely one of the most unacclaimed scenes of all time: Dustin Hoffman's character, Michael, as 'Dorothy', makes a suggestion on the set, and the director dismisses it out of hand. As I remember it, Hoffman's face—conveying surprise, confusion, indignation—shows perfectly Michael's reaction to the absence of (and, just maybe, awareness of) male entitlement. The entire movie should've been about that. Just that. It wasn't. And so I wrote Jess.

"[Jess'] perspective on being a girl and woman while having memories of being a man offers an understanding I'd never thought of. Really interesting book." poolays, LibraryThing 4/5 stars

"Very interesting book. ... Definitely worth reading." Dan, Goodreads 4/5 stars