Mary Collins and Donald Collins
At the Broken Places:
A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces
This event includes a book signing
May 2, 2017
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and professor MARY COLLINS and writer and trans advocate DONALD COLLINS for a discussion of their book, At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces.
About At the Broken Places
In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.
As a parent, Mary Collins didn’t agree with her trans son’s decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated his “authentic self.” Both battled to assert their rights. A powerful memoir and resource, At the Broken Places offers a road map for families in transition.
"When one person in the family transitions, everyone transitions. At the Broken Places is a profoundly vulnerable and brave account of a son struggling to be seen by his mother, and a mother learning to see her child as he sees himself. A necessary and beautiful book." —Jill Soloway, Creator, Transparent
"This is the best, most thorough narrative of trans experience I’ve read: mind, body, and soul. The two conflicting points of view expand the reader’s consciousness, placing us smack dab in the middle of the heart of it all. And the heart of it all is the model of two people who, despite deep disagreements, maintain love and respect for one another." —Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger and Gender Outlaw
"An insightful resource for families, educators, and mentors, At the Broken Places illuminates the daily stress of figuring out where one fits, and how to get the world to see you as you see yourself." —Robin McHaelen, executive director, True Colors: Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services
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