Becoming Drusilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders
For years Richard Beard would take spontaneous holidays with his motor-cycling friend Drew. They would spend a few days walking, camping, cycling, canoeing - outdoor, manly fun - before returning to everyday life: wives, children, jobs. Richard was writing novels. Drew was working in the engine-room of cross-channel passenger ferries. Then one year Drew phoned to announce...more
Interwoven into this is the author's (Richard’s) struggle with his own understanding of his friend’s gender change. Dru is fine with it – seeming to sail through the walk with the sense of freedom that someone who has at last found themselves has.
Richard’s problem is that on the surface gender is simple, but start trying to define it and it becomes indistinct – almost illusory, complex and contradictory. Dru ...more
It's been a while since I read this book; however, I recall and value the honesty and integrity which sustain the various journeys - both real and metaphorical - that are described in the narrative, as well as the journey of reading it, and which illuminate the friendship between Richard and Dru. I thoroughly recommend it.
It's a sympathetic, down to earth look at not just what it means to be transsexual, but what it means to be the friend of someone who is transsexual.