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Trinity
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Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:57 am    Post subject: Morgan in the Mirror
I had heard many forum users talking about a book called Morgan in the Mirror by an author named C.C. Saint-Clair. I heard that the book had to do with FTM (female to male) transgendering and the struggles of it. I just knew i had to read the book due to the feelings i have had throughout life. Due to lack of money and location i was not able to get ahold of the book.
My gf provided the book for me and i opened it up immediately after it arrived in the mail. I started reading and got lost (in a good way) in the characters of the book. I had never seen writing that displayed so well how i had felt. Morgan went through so many struggles with FTM and C.C. Saint-Clair did a wonderful job with showing the realistic side of it. She also had three other characters in the book. Jo, Maddy, and Christen. As i read more into the book, i just couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. As Morgan was hurting, i began to feel that hurt, and when Morgan felt triumphant, i felt that way. You see, the character Morgan is so much like me. I felt as if i knew Morgan.
C.C.’s writing is fantastic. The way she as a lesbian put so much into that book is truely touching and amazing! She is a great writer and i have continued to read her books.
If you haven’t heard of her or read Morgan in the Mirror, you should definitely get the book. It might be fiction and it might also be life changing.Trinity
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akibara13

Joined: 10 Feb 2005
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Location: Washington state

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject: Book Review of ‘Morgan in the Mirror’ by: C.C. Saint-Clair
Book Title: Morgan in the Mirror
Book Author: C.C. Saint-ClairBy: Niq 1/25/05

Today I finally finished reading ‘Morgan in the Mirror’. I am so glad that I finally took the time to sit down and read it. From talking to C.C. by mail about the issue of transitionaing, I knew that she was a talented author with a lot to offer the issue at hand that was addressed in this wonderful book. It turned out I only knew a portion of that talent.

In this wonderfully realistic story about a young transsexual, or as the character himself puts it a ‘transman’, you follow 23-year-old Morgan. He’s just trying to fit into life and live his life. Naturally there are some hang ups along the way as there usually is in this controversial issue of gender and sex. Some of these hang ups are very familiar for any one who is homosexual or transsexual/transgender. Things as scary and nerve racking as coming out to family, friends, and prospective lovers; being ‘outed’ in the most humiliating way possible; and more.

C.C. did a wonderful job at catching the emotions of what it is like to be a ‘transman’. Moreover, she was able to give Morgan such depth and realism that even I, who knew it was fiction, would find myself forgetting he was only a character in a book.

I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who looking for realistic novels about transsexuals or anyone who simply would like a good read. I do however feel the need to warn any who may wish to pick this book up to take a read, that it does have adult content in it. Strong language and sexual content are both in here so do be careful. Personally it added to the realism of the book but I know some people don’t go for that sort of thing so I thought I’d warn people just in case.

All Best
Niq
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houseofmuses

Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: Vine Grove, KY

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:01 am    Post subject: Morgan in the Mirror by C.C. Saint-Clair @OutinAmerica.com
Review of Morgan In The Mirror by C.C. Saint-Clair
Pam Harrison
Friday, November 19, 2004
http://www.outinlouisville.com/Arts/books.asp?article=3219C.C. Saint-Clair’s latest novel, Morgan in the Mirror, moves away from her usual lesbian contexts and tackles the issue of Transgenderism — a most relevant matter for the health and survival of humankind, because fear of the unfamiliar is part of the global problem of discrimination against “the other.”

If our survival as a community is based on our ability to become accepting, compassionate human beings capable of caring for each other — even in the absence of understanding — then Saint-Clair tests our readiness by giving us Morgan and the challenge his personal circumstances present to the world.

Already a highly recommended book for those interested in Gender Studies and promoted as a must-read on FTM and SOFFA-friendly resources (Significant Others Family and Allies – Australia’s P-FLAG equivalent), Morgan in the Mirror offers an insightful look into the heart and mind of Morgan, a transgender male struggling to define himself as a man and win the heart of Christen, the woman he loves.

Gender and sexuality have never been frozen in binary oppositions of each other, but they have always existed as mere stations along a rich and gloriously multicoloured continuum. Christen discovered this truism after her own surprising heart-connection with Maddy, but can she now accept Morgan, her new love interest, as he stands before her at the mid-point of his transgender journey from female to male?

Even more poignant and heart-wrenching than Morgan’s personal struggle is the insight into the secret, hidden world of transgender society.

The dangers of being revealed as a transgender and harmed by unthinking fools who hate and fear what they do not understand lend an element of fear and survival at all cost to Morgan’s struggles. Paradoxically, a great many fears, hatreds and prejudices about the transgender issue continue to persist even in the gay and lesbian community. This is addressed in my interview this week with C.C. Saint-Clair.

While the book made me cry several times, It also has many of the juicy love scenes for which C.C. Saint-Clair is well known. One thing that made it a more personal read is the friendship I share with my childhood friend, Cheryl, who grew up with me in rural western Kentucky. My long brown hair endlessly fascinated her, known then as Charlie.

I, the budding lesbian, mistook this for a crush. We laugh at these stories now, many years later. Neither of us realized then, at the tender age of 12, what secrets the other was hiding. Morgan in the Mirror now makes clearer the struggles that all transgenders face. I enjoyed this book and recommend that everyone read it, because all of us could use a little more love, understanding and compassion in our lives.

Click Here to Read Pam’s Interview with C.C. Saint-Clair:
http://www.outinlouisville.com/arts/entertain.asp?article=3220
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holdquitestill

Joined: 30 Mar 2005
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Location: brisbane, australia

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:32 pm    Post subject: Review of Morgan for your consideration
G’day everyone! Here’s another review of Morgan in the Mirror for you to check out. While I didn’t like Morgan as much as North & Left From Here (Take II) (which is a great book ) it still had all the elements of C.C.’s writing that make her so special. I guess what I really appreciated about the book was how Morgan himself was written as a genuine character with faults and foibles just like anyone else, as opposed to the usual method of portraying the ‘different’ character as near-perfect and somehow ‘above’ those who are yet to understand their personal issue, whether that be gender dysphoria or cancer or whatever the subject may be.

Morgan is just a regular guy and this really helps to ‘normalise’ the issue of transgenderism and help make him a much more accessible character, which I feel makes the book very successful at both helping to promote understanding and also just making it a better, more believable story. Anyway… here’s a review I wrote for local Australian queer street press, QP (Queensland Pride).

Morgan in the Mirror
(Originally published in QP: October 2004)
C.C.’s previous works focused on lesbian themes and featured intelligent and sensual writing with female characters that are as genuine and real as any you’ll come across in lesbian fiction.

But now with Morgan, C.C. is venturing into new territories and dragging a few old friends along for the ride. While still a stand-alone volume, Morgan does feature familiar characters, but this time focusing on Morgan, a 23yo female-to-male transgender.

Already firmly identified as a man and well on the way to achieving what he can of the physical transformations, having just undergone a chest reconstruction to remove his breasts, Morgan’s story isn’t so much about initial self-realisation but his coming to terms with being a man and finding where he fits in a world that loves to categorise.

Although a work of fiction, C.C. has carefully researched her topic and thus presents to us in the narrative, a lot of information about transgender people.
While C.C.’s usually flowing style sometimes does struggle a little with the dialogue of youth, her trademark use of memory and heated sensuality are still apparent and make this novel a very easy introduction into the world of transgender people and also a good read.

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akibara13

Joined: 10 Feb 2005
Posts: 14
Location: Washington state

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 11:05 pm    Post subject: All the Book reviews!
Its nice to see all the book reviews on Morgan. At least the book is reaching others and gaining the love and respect it deserves. As I am an FtM myself its been my pleasure and joy to help C.C. promote this little gem of a book.

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Niq
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scarlet

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Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:27 am    Post subject: morgan in the mirror

hey folksyeah, morgan in the mirror was interesting, very interesting. rang some unexpected bells for me. not sure i want to divulge them here ! but suffice to say that the book was very thought provoking.

favourite moments: when christen goes round to morgan’s for the first time (v. intense)
when morgan loses a personal item on the mountain (v. funny and poignant)

worst moment: the build up to morgan’s trouble at work (nightmarish)

hope i haven’t given too much away !

scarlet xxxx

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akibara13

Joined: 10 Feb 2005
Posts: 14
Location: Washington state

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: I agree!
I certainly agree with your favorite and worst moments. The worst moments were definately nightmerish as you said, especially when I’ve heard real life accounts of such things happening. It makes a person, especially some one like me who is an FtM, kind of apprehensive. Though thats why its nice that books like Morgan are out there. Hopefully it will help to educate as well as entertain.

All Best
Niq
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