Less than a month ago author Debbie Martin’s latest book, a work of fiction, Chained Melody was released. Talk to any male to female transgender person who has read this book and they’ll tell you that it is palpably real.
With Chained Melody, we get the story of Tom and Will, small town England boyhood best friends who grow up and then grow apart for a time. Tom joins the Army and is sent off to fight/keep the peace in Ireland and Will goes off to university. Tom is a ladies man. Will isn’t so sure what he is. He’s pretty sure he isn’t straight but he’s almost equally sure he isn’t gay. What he doesn’t know is where that leaves him. So begins his journey through the ups and downs of gender identity.
Now, you all know I hate to give spoilers to a story but, this book has been reviewed by several people on several of the major book sites already who have given away the crux of the plot so I’ll tell you that the story turns on Will discovering that he feels as though he should have been a woman all along. As the story progresses, he becomes a part of the transgender community and he, eventually, transitions. This ‘novel’ is very detailed with regard to his journey from male to female, from man to woman. As I said, it’s palpably real for a fiction accounting.
What of Tom? What of their friendship? Does it survive? Well, for that, you’ll just have to read the book! I’m not going to give everything away!
I flat out loved this story. It’s dramatic, it’s at times funny, it’s very occasionally romantic and, overall, it’s a very sensitive treatment of a very complex subject. Oh, and it has a totally surprising ending. Other readers agree; this is a good one!