She's My Dad

Fiction - Suspense
469 Pages
Reviewed on 08/05/2011
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Author Biography

Like her title character Nickie Farrell, Iolanthe Woulff is a transsexual woman.

A Princeton-educated English major, she lives in Palm Springs, CA, where for several years she wrote a column in a local magazine about the challenges of gender transition.

As the eldest child of author Herman Wouk, storytelling has always been dear to Ms. Woulff's heart. Her hope is that besides providing a suspenseful read, SHE'S MY DAD will help to dispel some of the widespread misconceptions about transsexual people.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Nick Farrington was a graduate of Windfield College. When he returned to Windfield to teach English, he was known as Nickie Farrell. Years before, Nick had an affair with Luanne Skinner, the abused wife of Jay-Bob, a state trooper. Nine months later she gave birth to her beloved son Collie, who was born with a distinct genetic trait: his eyes were two different colors. Nickie has the same genetic trait. By now the reader has guessed where this is going. Nickie was Collie's dad.

She's My Dad has a unique and interesting plot. The lead characters are Nick/Nickie, a transgender, and Collie. There are several secondary plots played out at the same time. Ambassador Eamon Douglass is dying of cancer. He wants to go out in glory knowing he has "saved" society. He plans to sacrifice himself as he takes out the Windfield College. Author Iolanthe Woulff offers readers a contemporary character-driven plot. She carefully weaves the threads of the various plots together to create a book that the most discriminating reader will enjoy. Woulff handles this topic with ease. Not all authors could draw sympathy for the characters and a tender love story. I particularly enjoyed the beginning of the tale with Nick and Luanne. Jay-Bob was a very abusive bully. Woulff successfully conveyed his anger and lack of regard for others. Most importantly, this book shows how Collie reacted when he discovered his father was a transgender.

Woulff manages to demonstrate hope and unconditional love in this tome. This book has Christian undertones; it is never preachy but gently lets its light shine.