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  • Keywords
    • transitioning to a woman,
    • cross-dressing,
    • male to female transition,
    • marriage to a trans spouse,
    • difficult path to transition,
    • wanting to live as your true self,
    • spousal transition

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Lady in Waiting
A Tale of Transition
by Jennifer Marie Hodgetts


In the late 1950s, at a fictional university in the UK, David, a medical student, and Alison, who is studying geography, fall in love after meeting at a “Freshie” dance. Theirs is a storybook romance—they share common goals and values, they like and respect each other, the relationship is good, and each is warmly welcomed into the other’s family. They marry, have children, and eventually, emigrate to southern Ontario where David joins a medical practice. Life is good. But for David there is an unfulfilled longing. A longing that goes all the way back to his childhood when he wished he had been born a girl. As an adult, his desire to live as a woman takes the form of cross-dressing on the rare occasion an opportunity presents itself. Late in life, with the help of a psychologist, he comes to understand that he is transgender, and Julie Ann is born. Alison and Julie Ann’s marriage must change throughout the transition, but their mutual love and respect endures as they embark on a new life. Lady in Waiting is a story of love, longing, denial, disillusionment, despair, and ultimately, acceptance and joy. It is a story of transition, transformation, and transcendence.


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Jennifer Marie Hodgetts is a trans woman and retired physician who lives in a small town in Ontario. She enjoys knitting, wood-carving, and Scottish dancing, and participates in regular meetings of trans people in her community. Though not autobiographical, Lady in Waiting draws on both her own real-life experiences and those of her late wife. It is her hope that her novel might help cis people with little or no experience of transgender issues to understand the severe struggles that both the trans person and the spouse experience over many years. Even more, she hopes that many trans people who are struggling may find Jennifer’s experiences to be helpful as they embrace their truth.


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