Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
About the Book
Far from a transgender transition tell-all, here is a personal yet universal story of charting one's course to ultimate self-recognition.
What does it really mean to be a man?
In MAN ALIVE, Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer that question by focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life --- one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.
MAN ALIVE engages an extraordinary personal story to tell a universal one --- how we all struggle to create ourselves, and how this struggle often requires risks. Far from a transgender transition tell-all, MAN ALIVE grapples with the larger questions of legacy and forgiveness, love and violence, agency and invisibility.