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She's My Dad

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  36 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 20, 2010 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
Glenda Bixler
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
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
Jan 08, 2010 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
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 05, 2010 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.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a beautifully written story of love, honesty, life decisions that can never be taken back, and pride in who you are and what you are, no matter who says you can’t be or shouldn’t be. It’s also… unfortunately…a story of hate, and the destructiveness of intolerance and betrayal. The author shares so much of her real life experiences with her fictional character of Nickie Farrell. There are parts of the story that will make you laugh and smile… parts that will make you want to scream… parts t ...more
Robert Beveridge
Mar 16, 2010 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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great character study of racism, homophobia, and general all around hate with no real reason except a distaste for differences. A college boys fling with a married woman comes full circle when he, now she, comes back two plus decades later. This story has everything-a little romance, a terror plot to bring down the local college, and common greed. I received this free copy of this book in exchange for a voluntary review. It is an eye opening 'goodread'. ...more
Mar 12, 2010 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 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
Aug 11, 2010 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
Amos Lassen
Jan 24, 2010 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
Elizabeth Allen
Jan 17, 2010 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
Red Haircrow
Aug 05, 2011 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
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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
Manda Seats
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manda 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
Jul 19, 2010 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.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy through Goodreads.
I was captivated right from the first chapter and could not put this book down. I think the author has done a wonderful job of portraying Nickie, a transgender, who has history with Windfield College (back when she was known as Nick), and has now returned to the college as a professor. We get to experience bits and pieces of the torment, understanding, and whole mix of emotions that comes with being transgender. Honestly, Nickie is such a sweetheart an
Goth Gone Grey
I received a free copy of this book through Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

It would be easy to dismiss this story due to the over-the-top style of the characters. They're stereotypes taken to an extreme: the former military & police man intolerant of almost everything, the out and proud lesbian journalist out to expose the world, the hard working mom who just can't make life work, and so many more in the same vein. The villain stands just short of twirling his mustache, cackling
Jerry L
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff

This was my 61st novel for 2017 and my first review of these 61 novels. I’m a voracious reader and deeply admire any author who can string together thousands of words into a plot that holds my interest. I cannot do that and those who can, inspire me.

She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff captured my attention in the first chapter. I knew this was a novel I wanted, really wanted to read. I wasn’t disappointed. The characters, and there are many, are bigger than life yet fe
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok now that was entertaining. What a read! Add this to your LGBT library now. In the spirit of Stefon from SNL: This book has everything! Trans professors, complicated secret histories, evil billionaires, Russian criminals, floppy disks (lol yes really), and more!

I think of this almost like 2 books in 1. The overarching story is a sweet one about a trans woman who returns to her undergraduate college to teach, post-transition and many years after she graduated from the college presenting as a ma
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, lgbt
As you can tell from the title, this story delves into the life of a transsexual woman (in this case a college professor) and all the personal issues related to her transition. The story is set well after the transition is completed, so it is more about other people's reactions to her as a transsexual than her own feelings during the process. She ends up going back to teach at a small liberal arts college where she herself was a student when still a male, and unbeknownst to her, had left behind ...more
Wendy Wright
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the blurb and thought, "wow, this sounds interesting". I could not put this book down. The characters are in the room with you and you are watching them and their struggles. Nick, unknowingly, fathers a child his last year of college. 25 years, heartache, uncertainties, finding self and surgeries later Nickie comes back to the same college to teach. This book was an amazing look into a world I have only seen in small doses. I would recommend this book to everyone out there. "Hate destroys ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodread-authors
This is a great book! With a cast of colorful characters. From the hateful, revenge seeking millionaire to the loving Christian waitress. And don't forget the lesbian journalism student and the bad ass 'business partner' of the long lost brother... Well written mystery and love story. I couldn't put it down!
I received a copy and chose to review it.
Diane Walters
Aug 31, 2012 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
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
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
Dec 13, 2010 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
Mary Lindsey
Jan 20, 2010 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. ...more
Elisa Rolle
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
2010 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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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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“Hating, hating, hating, that’s all I ever hear. People are never just people. No, everybody’s a faggot or a dyke or a nigger or a dirty Jew or a goddamn liberal or something.” She clenched her fists and pressed them to her temples. “Oh, Jesus, I’m so sick of it. And now you’re willing to forget everything that was good about Lissa and despise her memory just because she had something inside that made her love women instead of men?” Eyes ablaze: “Is that the kind of person you are?” 5 likes
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