Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here

A Story of Thriving in A Transgender Family

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"All Amanda Jetté Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents, the situation was sometimes chaotic. At school, she was bullied mercilessly, and at the age of fourteen, she entered a counselling program for alcohol addiction and was successful. While still a teenager, she met the love of her life. They were wed at 20, and the first of three children followed shortly. Jetté Knox finally had the stability she craved--or so it seemed. Their middle child struggled with depression and avoided school. The author was unprepared when the child she knew as her son came out as transgender at the age of eleven. Shocked, but knowing how important it was to support her daughter, Jetté Knox became an ardent advocate for trans rights. But the story wasn't over. For many years, the author had coped with her spouse's moodiness, but that chronic unhappiness was taking a toll on their marriage. A little over a year after their child came out, her partner also came out as transgender. Knowing better than most what would lie ahead, Jetté Knox searched for positive examples of marriages surviving transition. When she found no role models, she determined that her family would become one. The shift was challenging, but slowly the family members noticed that they were becoming happier and more united. Told with remarkable candour and humour, and full of insight into the challenges faced by trans people, Love Lives Here is a beautiful story of transition, frustration, support, acceptance, and, of course, love."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Canada : Viking, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735235175
Branch Call Number: 306.850867 JETTE
Characteristics: 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Sep 19, 2020

This is a well written and respectful work that is easy to read, and would be helpful for many folks: anyone who needs to witness a story of love & acceptance; those who want to better see that the world does not end if their partner turns out to be trans; anyone who wants to expand their point of view!

Oct 30, 2019

Love Lives Here shows how one family supported the transition of two of its members. It’s written from the perspective of a member who did not transition, did not always do the right thing, but who loves all of her family members fiercely.
The story is about how a group of people who were related to each other became a real family through honesty, trust, and love for one another. Love in this book is not rose-coloured, easy or simple—this book is beautiful and sometimes funny, but it isn’t a romantic comedy. Love is the guiding principle of this family and sometimes it is gut-wrenchingly hard.
What I took away, is that in order to truly bond with the people who matter in my life, I need to be honest about who I am—but I also need to be loving and accepting of that honesty when it’s presented to me.
Knox shows what’s possible. She’s presented a model of what a not-perfect, but loving transition can look like within the bonds of a family. Transitioning doesn’t have to be a tragedy or a break from the people you love. It can be the glue that brings everyone closer together.

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