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 privilege/advantage. 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