Novel looks at the trans experience from too great a distance

Novel looks at the trans experience from too great a distance

Gor all the insensitivity on its cover, My Brother’s Name is Jessica comes from the right place. It’s a sincere and very readable attempt to educate young people about the trans experience and to foster acceptance

Young adult fiction: My Brother’s Name is Jessica, By John Boyne, Penguin, €16

In the afterword for his sixth young adult novel My Brother’s Name is Jessica, John Boyne praises the young transgender people he spoke to during his research, saying: “I was struck by their bravery but, more than that, their honesty.” While talking to them, the Irish author would have found that two of the biggest issues on the minds of...

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