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She's My Dad

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
"Don't hate, Nicholas. Hate destroys everything. Don't let it destroy you..."
For decades, ultra-liberal Windfield College has been a thorn in the side of Northern Virginia's hidebound elite. When a teaching position unexpectedly becomes available, the school hires a former male graduate - now a transsexual woman named Nickie Farrell - as an assistant professor of English.
Paperback, 470 pages
Published November 13th 2009 by Outskirts Press
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Jan 27, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an intense read.

I cried, screamed, laughed, smiled and worried throughout this book. Being a lover of exploring the human mind, this book was perfect. Woulff has a way of putting thoughts on paper that make you live them while reading.

This book is not for the weak of mind or heart. It has a lot of controversial characters and topics which will shock and embarrass. And it's about time someone wrote about it. There is no sugar coating on character ethics in this book as the point it
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 19, 2010 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
An excellant story about a transgender woman named Nicki Farrell , who returns to her home town to teach English at her alma mater to a new generation of scholars. unaware she has a son living near by, from an illicit love affair she had when she attended that school. The towns people hate the college and the students dislike the town people its a total web of bigotry and distrust. It,s a truly remarkable story. a must read for anyone who loves a good story it is so true to life.
Jan 08, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff

In today’s society, absolutely no one is immune to the forces of hate in the world. Terrorist attacks, hate groups, and xenophobic neighborhoods, towns, and even nations are all appalling reminders that citizens of the world live daily with fear. But, how often is the hate within ever addressed? Due to blind prejudice, it doesn’t take much for an average working American, or even a well respected financial baron, to build a bomb and “set it off like some primitive
Robert Beveridge
Mar 16, 2010 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Iolanthe Woulff, She's My Dad (Outskirts Press, 2009)

Iolanthe Woulff is the child of Herman Wouk, and the promotional materials for She's My Dad, Woulff's first novel, make no secret of this fact. It's worth keeping in mind as you read the book, for it may soften your reaction to a number of the book's shortcomings—things that, at the time Wouk was writing his best-known novels, were more a part of the literary landscape than they are today. Ah, but more of that in a minute; I'm getting ahead of
Glenda Bixler
Feb 20, 2010 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing
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She’s My Dad

By Iolanthe Woulff
Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 9781432743772
457 Pages

"Reverend Shorr sipped a glass of water. 'Sometimes I think that the scientific community has taken us all much too far, much too fast. Life was complicated enough before...But we mustn’t second-guess our Lord...'"

What a powerful suspense drama! She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff is a provocative hold-no-bars book that successfully illustrates the power of both love and hate. Woulff does this through characters that ar
Sally Pearce
Jul 18, 2010 Sally Pearce rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book. The story was certainly different form anything I had ever read before. To try and describe it would, I think, ruin it for the next reader. Suffice it to say, it kept me reading and reading. I just had to know what was going to happen next, especially at the end.

There were some editing and spelling errors, but not enough to be really distracting. Lately, I find that there are few books without them.

This was my first First-reads win. I sure hope it isn't my last.
Jul 23, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I was very surprised by this novel. These are not your normal, every day characters. Not for the faint of heart, She's My Dad is an exciting, hard to put down, read.
A lot of the character's are hateful, but a lot of them aren't, either. I found some of the subject matter displeasing, if only because of my hatred for unjustness, and man's inhumanity to man, and woman, if you will.
It is a story that needs to be told, and Lannie was brutal, at times, in the telling.
I'm thankful to have read it.
Mar 12, 2010 Rrhodes rated it it was amazing
How far will a person go because of their hatred. Hatred due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, is a cancer. Sadly, in this world, it’s often proven that people will go as far as taking the lives of others, simply because of some difference. This story illustrates that in a beautiful manner. The story begins in 1979 in a small Virginia town. A young, soon to be college graduate, named Nicholas Farrington has an affair with a married woman. This relationship results in the birth of a ...more
Chris Phillips
May 02, 2010 Chris Phillips rated it it was amazing
She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff ISDN 978-1-4327-4377-2
Woulff has written nothing short of the most amazing GLBT novel this reviewer has read. With the back cover summary starting with the quote “Hate destroys everything. Don’t let it destroy you…” she fills the reader’s imagination with true-to-life people coming to grips with modern day realities.
Nick Farrington was a typical college student at Windfield college in Virginia. He sowed wild oats, partied and learned. By the way, Nick’s eyes are d
Jun 10, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
"She's My Dad" is Ms. Woulff's debut novel and it a very unique story about a transgender English professor, Nickie Farrell (aka Nicholas Farrington) who comes back to her alma mater, Windfield College, to teach. Little does she know that there are major events that will change her life forever. Nicholas Colin ("Collie") Farrell hears a surprising confession from his dying mother that his father was a former student of Windfield College and not the evil, abusive, bigoted, low-life that she marri ...more
Red Haircrow
Aug 05, 2011 Red Haircrow rated it really liked it
The author’s personal knowledge of the subject matter was instrumental in creating and establishing a believable, sympathetic character whose internal thoughts, struggles and motivations could help discerning readers better understand the unique yet understandable complexities of many transgendered people. That being said, conversely, for many who consider themselves transgendered, the choice is really a simple one. It is other people’s reactions that can be the more difficult part to deal with. ...more
Elizabeth Allen
Apr 05, 2010 Elizabeth Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone over age 18

Rollercoaster +Classic Theme of Good Versus Evil = One Helluva Ride!

In this review I will not expound on details of the plot nor the author herself, but rather how spectacular this literary experience was for me. “She’s My Dad” is a beehive – alive and buzzing with nary a moment of stillness, except perhaps to catch your breath. I would definitely compare the brilliant and relentless pace to that of a rollercoaster. What makes a rollercoaster ride great? No matter how tense, white-knuckled and s
Amos Lassen
Jan 24, 2010 Amos Lassen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Woulff, Iolanthe. “She’s My Dad”, Outskirts Press, 2009.

The Pain and Power of Prejudice

Amos Lassen

I must admit that when I first found out about the new novel “She’s My Dad: by Iolanthe Woulff, I found the title to be intriguing and was anxious to read it. I am certainly glad that I did. It is a powerful look at the destructive powers of hate as experienced by wonderfully drawn characters. But it is not just about how hate destroys, it also looks at the power of love and the triumph of good ove
Bending The Bookshelf
Jan 22, 2013 Bending The Bookshelf rated it really liked it
Shelves: transsexual
You know the old adage about never judging a book by it's cover? Well, this is one of those instances where I found myself twice passing over what turned out to be a wonderful novel. The title is catchy and cute, but doesn't reflect the depth of the story within – a novel that’s the literary equivalent of the kind of prime time drama you might find on Showtime, HBO, or the BBC.

Much of the story revolves around a conflict between Windfield College and the North Virginia town in which its students
Amanda Seats
Aug 23, 2010 Amanda Seats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Sally Pearce
Oh my gosh, this book was amazing! I just couldn't put it down once I'd started it. The subject matter was one I was already familiar with, but it's written in a way that people who don't already have knowledge about transgendered men and women (or the GLBT community in general) can easily understand.

Essentially, it's a story about hate and what it does to people when left to fester out of control. Its this author's first work, but it's very well done, and I'd recommend it to anyone that's ever
Dec 13, 2010 Lydia rated it it was amazing
This book has an enticing set of plotlines. They are not easy to summarize, but it is one of the best LGBT books I have ever read! The writing is tight and encourages the reader to continue through the end. Written in an omnipresent voice, which I don't think it could have been written any other way, the book follow a number of characters through their personal confrontations, dealing with, tolerance, and concepts of acceptance primarily of the concept of hate. A short summary would be that a ma ...more
Diane Walters
Nov 15, 2012 Diane Walters rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Intriguing! Honest! Refreshing!

My first thought when I saw the high ratings for “She’s My Dad” was the author must have a lot of friends--the book cannot be that good. And, even though I do review books I am happy to report that all the reviews are accurate. There’s no fudging on this one.

“She’s My Dad” is not what I expected it to be. It is not a journey of mismatched sour romances; nor it is a book of soul searching, familiar movies, or transsexuals. Even though the book does have a transsexua
Two mysteries intertwine in Iolanthe Woulff’s novel She’s My Dad. There’s Nickie Farrel, the new English professor at a modern liberal college, hiding secrets in her past. And there’s the obnoxious Ambassador Douglass plotting future evil in the name of conservative values and patriotism. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene, creating a vision of town and gown living separate lives, a college celebrating liberalism built on sacred bones of intolerance. Collie, of the mismatched ...more
Astonishing clever book~~entertaining, interesting, shocking and an easy read. It's no wonder "She's My Dad" was chosen as a "Finalist - Next Generation Indie Book Awards."

Iolanthe Woulff gives a shadowy window into the little-known world of a transsexual in the most liberal of environments, a college created by a gay man for "alternate lifestyle" learners and educators.

With honesty and no-uncertain-terms storytelling, Ms Woulff shares what appears to be her personal experiences with both the
Mary Lindsey
Nov 23, 2010 Mary Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I'm not much of a reviewer, but suffice it to say, Ms. Woulff's novel is a beautifully executed exploration of love and bravery in the face of hate.
Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2015 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Ruth Ruffner
Nov 16, 2010 Ruth Ruffner rated it it was amazing
Iolanthe Woulff has written an absorbing, timely and didactic book of our times. The portrayals of Collie, Nickie, Jo and Luanne left a poignant and moving imprint on this reader. The descriptions of narrow-minded, malevolent and prejudiced individuals were handled deftly, with linguistic authority. SHE'S MY DAD was also a learning experience; the novel addressed many misconceptions with regard to Gender Identity Disorder, and had me caring deeply about the characters.

I truly believe that this
Iolanthe Woulff
Aug 03, 2010 Iolanthe Woulff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What I learned from (writing) this book is, how truly challenging it is to tell a story well.

I've given myself five stars, not from any excess of self-esteem, but simply to reflect the novel's review average on Amazon; which, for better or worse, seems to be the current arbiter of such things. If my average goes down, I'll adjust accordingly.
Jan 15, 2013 Gwen rated it liked it
Shelves: gender-issues
Hmmm... This book was tough. I really liked parts of it, and it had a significant transgender theme, which I also really like. It was also a very fast read that was difficult to put down. But I didn't find the plot credible -- too many coincidences and unlikely events crammed into a single book.
May 13, 2010 Ehrrin marked it as to-read
read about this in the Powell's Daily Dose 05-13-10. I hate the title, but the synopsis sounds interesting, and it's gotten good reviews on goodreads, so...
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Iolanthe "Lannie" Woulff came into the world as a male during the fifth year of the Truman presidency, which means that she is rapidly acquiring the status of an antique. In 1958 her family moved from Manhattan to the island of St. Thomas, which in those days was a sparsely-populated tropical dot in the Caribbean. There "Nate", as Lannie was known in those days, spent several idyllic years gleeful ...more
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