Two women go into hospital expecting to leave with a child, but only one does - and it’s not theirs.
Torrey Peters became the first trans woman to be nominated for the £30,000 Women's Prize for Fiction, which was contested in an anonymous open letter by the Wild Woman Writing Club.
“At the time, age eighteen, having been brought up in a hair-trigger society where the ground rules were – if no physically violent touch was being laid upon you, and no outright verbal insults were being levelled at you, and no taunting looks in the vicinity either, then nothing was happening, so how could you be under attack from something that wasn’t there? At eighteen I had no proper understanding of the ways that constituted encroachment.”
“Be a person with knowledge, not just opinions.”
“Guess that's where the tears came from, knowing that there's so much in this great big world that you don't have a single ounce of control over."
"Hating, after all, was a drier form of drowning."
“You learn nothing very profound about yourself simply by being bullied; but by bullying someone else you learn something you can never forget.”
“Ayoola summons me with these words—Korede, I killed him.”