Richly Layered Romance that’s Socially Relevant to You and to the Queer Culture.
C.C. Saint-Clair asserts genders have “always existed as mere stations along a rich and gloriously multicoloured continuum” and Morgan in the Mirror makes a compelling argument for this notion.
Saint-Clair does not preach or justify and at times along the way her storytelling is uncomfortably brutal.
The dialogue between the characters of this novel is often confronting.
This book is not largely for readers who choose to live, eat, breathe and read in the mainstream, but for those who dare to explore – Jane Fynes-Clinton
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Simply because, as a cisgender woman, once I became interested in the notion of gender on a continuum, particularly where it is relevant to female-to-male gender dysphoria, I realised there was not a lot of rich, positive, real-to-life fiction out there either for the FTM readers [of fiction] or their SOFFAs or questioning youths to relate to.
It is my hope that Morgan – a 23-year-old, post-chest op, FTM transgender – and his life journey – will go some way towards filling a little of this unfortunate vacuum.
“The soul is sexless. Why should it lower itself through the imagination of either one of the sexes? Whoever wants to be [a] complete [yogi] must abandon the idea of one sex” – Vivekananda.
Gender Talk Program # 522, August 6, 2005 – hosted by Nancy Nangeroni & Gordene O. MacKenzie
Once again we visit with the non-trans author of a book about a novel about a transgender person. This time, the novelist is Australian C.C. Saint-Clair, who is well known for her strong lesbian romance novels ‘for the thinking woman’.Recently, she has become fascinated with female-to-male transsexualism, and her latest work, titled Morgan in the Mirror, deals with just such a character. It has been well received in FTM circles, and we suspect there may be more to CC’s interest than meets the eye!
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Morgan in the Mirror. 2004 Fiction – Comment by Lisa Lees
The story of Morgan, a young (20’s) transman, is told from a number of points of view, including Morgan’s memories.
In the present, at the start of the story, Morgan is living stealth, known and accepted as a young man to friends and co-workers. He’s been on T for a while and has recently had top surgery. Set in Australia.
I think Morgan is a very believable character. I say that as a trans and genderqueer person who is not FTM.
I have known a number of FTM people. I have read many words written by FTM people and heard a number of FTM people speak about their experiences. So, when I say that Morgan is a believable character, it’s in that context. Some people in an online forum have disagreed, but I don’t think any of them had actually read the book.
Saint-Clair is an experienced writer of what is called “hot lesbian romance,” but what she writes is very solid novels with well-developed characters that grab your heart and don’t let go. Morgan in the Mirror builds from a previous novel, Far From Maddy, in which the characters of Maddy, Jo and Christen are introduced.
From the `All Things Lesbian Forum`
Joined: 03 Dec 2005
Location: WV, USA
Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:31 am
Subject: saint-clair’s morgan in the mirror
I’ve just finished Morgan and, girls, I can tell you that there’s plenty of hot sexual references. The only problem is that they’re all about a straight FTM and a straight lady cop.
The good news is that this lady cop is very sexy, and Morgan, as a dyke, early in transition – a flashback moment in the novel – is very cute. And by the time he is 23, we know plenty about him and Christen, we get quite wrapped up in the plot.
But, lesbian romance, this novel is not. Now, I read somewhere that CC wrote morgan as a bridge she intended between the lesbian community and the FTM community because, we, on the whole, don’t know much on the topic of female gender dysphoria and female transgenders.
And she’s darn right.
I, for one, certainly would never have picked up a documentary or a bio about an FTM. Couldn’t care less, really.
But, gee, I really got stuck into C.C’s Morgan story.
It pulled me right in and, yet, Morgan comes across as so *male* and so credible and a real good guy.
So what I can say is that I don’t think I have any transgender ftms in ‘my’ group of friends and pals back at the local queer pool hall, but if I ever came across one, I’m pretty sure I’d like to be very supportive of that person’s walk in life and that would be mostly thanks to Saint-Clair’s novel.
Then again, knowing my luck, it’ll probably be one of these hardcore TGs, like those who don’t want any empathy from a dyke, and who’ll tell me to F off.
Still, I’ll take my chances.
What really matters is that Saint-Clair’s Morgan is not just a very readable book for us, lesbians, who should often be a lot more aware of the world around us, it’s a very respectful and empowering book that has ‘balls’.
I would love to count Morgan among my friends!