Thursday, November 26, 2015
Sweet Dreaming by Stacey Zackerly
...I've read in a long time. Employing technology that only a decade ago would have seemed like so much far-fetched science fiction but now appears to be entirely plausible, author Stacey Zackerly in "Sweet Dreaming" deftly explores switching reality into fantasy and fantasy back to reality. In so doing, the struggle with the uncertainty of change relative to deeply ingrained gender roles is explored in a most interesting and in-depth fashion.
Ambivalence is a state of mind in which the person has co-existing, but conflicting feelings, thoughts and actions about something. Ambivalence is a common trait among those who are gender dysphoric. Resolving these conflicting feelings appears to be the goal of many gender-challenged individuals. Demonstrating that motivation is fundamental to change the author expertly describes how her main character's ambivalent feelings are played out against extreme resistance, also characteristic of so many transgender individuals.
If you have an interest in the tg genre and/or are exploring this vexing area, you would do well to experience this novel.