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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christine Benvenuto Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465516
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What do you do when the other woman is your husband?

Christine Benvenuto had been married for more than twenty years—with three young children—when her husband turned to her one night in bed and said, “I’m thinking constantly about my gender.” Unhappy in his body, he wanted to become a woman.

Part memoir, part voyeur’s look into a marriage, Sex Changes is a journey through the end of a marriage and out the other side. We see a mother, desperate to save her family and shelter her children, discover a well of strength and resilience she never knew she had. We learn what to tell the neighbors when your husband starts wearing heels with his shirts and ties. We see a woman open herself up to a group of friends who travel with her through her darkest times, offering light, levity, and the opportunity to learn how to give as well as receive the love and support of true friendship. As she loses her husband to skirts and hormones, life makes Chris a better woman.

Sex Changes is the story of what one woman discovered about herself in the midst of the conflagration of her family. Fiercely funny, self-lacerating, and not entirely politically correct, this book is a journey of love and anguish told with hilarity, heartbreak, and a lot of soul searching. It is about the mysteries in every marriage, the secrets we choose to keep, and the freedom that the truth can bring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Christine Benvenuto pulls us into the eddies of heartbreak, confusion, anger, and epiphany that swirl in the wake of her shattered marriage. Benvenuto, like the best of memoirists, has that clear, true voice that transforms her story into my story—the details are different, but not the emotions. And as she makes her way through uncharted waters, discovering unseen facets of herself, I, too, make discoveries about myself. This is the power of storytelling at its best.”

    Sally Ryder Brady, New York Times bestselling author of A Box of Darkness: The Story of a Marriage

  • “The brave, often funny account of how a woman came to terms with her husbands decision to become female…A refreshingly gutsy narrative that offers a compelling view of sexual maturity and a sexual coming-of-age at midlife.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Christine Benvenuto’s Sex Changes is a long overdue book: the story of her experience with her husband’s gender transition is complex and questioning, and always honest. It suggests how deeply transformative recovering from the loss of a marriage can be.”

    Helen Boyd, author of She’s Not the Man I Married

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/5/2013

    " The author repeats herself a lot, and the book could have been about 50 pages shorter, but it's interesting to hear about the trans experience from the other side -- the partners left behind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 7/23/2013

    " What a dark, depressing book. As I muddled through the anger, pain, and disbelief of the author while she discovered that her husband felt like a "girl" and wanted gender-changing surgery, I found myself skimming through the book for a sign of hope implied in the title. Unfortunately, it never came. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esther | 6/4/2013

    " Hateful, repetitive, badly structured screed by an author who seems to be proud of her bigotry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/13/2012

    " Refreshingly honest, a brilliant and compelling book. "

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About the Author

Christine Benvenuto is the author of Shiksa, as well as fiction, essays, and reviews that have appeared in many publications, including the Village Voice, the San Francisco ChronicleTikkun, and Moment. She lives in western Massachusetts with her children.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.