In the informative, funny and moving story of her gender transformation from James Boylan to Jennifer Boylan, author Boylan offers fascinating insight into transgender issues as well as into the broader issues of sexuality and gender, family and relationships. She tells her story in She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Beginning life as a male named James, Boylan led a life as a successful husband and father, writer and teacher. But for as long as he could remember, James thought of himself as female and struggled with the pain of suppressing his natural instincts and of keeping this secret from everyone he loved. Finally, in his 40′s, James reveals his secret to his friends and family and moves ahead, after years of therapy and hormone treatments, with gender reassignment surgery. Although many situations are told with humor, the devastating effects on his marriage and friendships are also described. The love, understanding and acceptance of her family and friends helped Boylan in this transition, despite the impact her transformation has had on her wife and best friend author Richard Russo .Russo adds a thoughtful and emotional afterward to the story of their friendship throughout Boylan’s changing life. This is a remarkable look at how we identify ourselves as male or female and offers a wealth of insight into the difficulties faced by transgendered individuals in our society.