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Dec 25, Seoda rated it it was amazing. A fascinating book, especially for anyone who has ever lived in Charleston. Although the story may seem "sensational", this is the tale of an individual participating in what could be considered very unremarkable things-- marriage, home ownership, parenthood.

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However, every rule of convention is broken in these pursuits, and the result is a fascinating story that keeps you guessing until the end. Is your identity based on what you believe to be true-- what you tell other people and yourself?


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Or A fascinating book, especially for anyone who has ever lived in Charleston. Or is it down to the "facts"-the medical records and court documents, the real estate deeds? This book raises questions about the nature of truth, gender, and mental illness in a way that I found both intriguing and touching. Jun 12, Lizzie rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , read-in She said the surgery was to correct a defect rather than a sex change. Did she? This is both the story of an amazing person and an attempt to track down the truth without malice about the birth and her life.

Edward Ball is a Southerner who wrote Slaves in the Family. Feb 06, Larry Friedman rated it liked it. I thought this was a fascinating tale on two fronts. First, the mystery surrounding the true facts of the life of Dawn Simmons and the arrival of her infant daughter. Second is the look at the culture of Charleston in the early days of civil rights for African Americans and before homosexuals were commonly out. There is also an interesting exploration of the history of the study and "treatment" of people with ambiguous genitalia and transsexuals. All in all, I found the story engaging and intere I thought this was a fascinating tale on two fronts.

All in all, I found the story engaging and interesting through the end. Feb 08, Heather rated it really liked it.

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Peninsula of Lies

Very engaged in this story especially having recently moved to Charleston. My 1st E Bell book so I'm not sure if his others are written similarly. Aug 12, Danette rated it it was ok. From the description, I thought it would be much more intriguing. But, it was a chore to power through.

Although, I kept going because I wanted to get to the truth, which came out in the last 10 pages - the most interesting part of the book. Jul 22, Kimberly rated it really liked it. Crazy but true story about Charleston. Feb 05, Wendi Zwaduk rated it really liked it. Very interesting read. Opened my eyes to what people will believe. Writing is crisp and flows well.

Dec 17, Catherine rated it really liked it. I read this book over four years ago, but I do remember that I was intrigued throughout as the mystery unfolded. Jan 22, Tracy Nelson rated it did not like it Shelves: rejects. Painfully drab. Couldn't get into it. Jun 01, Rosie rated it it was amazing.

A train wreck of a life.

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It was painful to read but I wanted to finish it. I don't recommend it. I felt very badly for Natasha, the daughter Jan 06, Kristen rated it really liked it. While not the very best written book, it is fascinating and well researched. You have to admire the moxy Dawn had. Nov 22, Marilou rated it it was ok. Actually never finished it and probably won't. Ultimately I stopped caring about this very odd person. I love tranny stories, but this one didn't quite keep my interest. Mar 14, Kellyann added it Shelves: read-in Guy rated it it was ok Apr 19, Janet rated it really liked it Jun 19, Joanna rated it it was ok Jul 28, Susan Mathieu rated it liked it Jul 17, Andrea Martin rated it it was ok Oct 11, My mom was from Charleston and I remember vividly the tales of the charming english man who tried to take Charleston by storm socially.

He did pretty well until he became a she and then married a black man. This was unheard of in the 's in Charleston, SC.

Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love by Edward Ball

As my mother told it and is confirmed by the book, Dawn all of a sudden appeared pregnant in maternity clothes on the streets and then was seen pushing a baby carriage with a mixed race baby girl. I have to say I did start wondering was it possible that this was a biological birth, was Dawn a true "hermaphrodite" with internal female organs.

Well that was answered. This was a really interesting book.

Unbelievable amount of research by the author tracking down every rumor and story. I enjoyed it a lot. Dec 25, Seoda rated it it was amazing. A fascinating book, especially for anyone who has ever lived in Charleston. Although the story may seem "sensational", this is the tale of an individual participating in what could be considered very unremarkable things-- marriage, home ownership, parenthood.

However, every rule of convention is broken in these pursuits, and the result is a fascinating story that keeps you guessing until the end. Is your identity based on what you believe to be true-- what you tell other people and yourself? Or A fascinating book, especially for anyone who has ever lived in Charleston.

Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love

Or is it down to the "facts"-the medical records and court documents, the real estate deeds? This book raises questions about the nature of truth, gender, and mental illness in a way that I found both intriguing and touching. Jun 12, Lizzie rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , read-in She said the surgery was to correct a defect rather than a sex change. Did she? This is both the story of an amazing person and an attempt to track down the truth without malice about the birth and her life.

Edward Ball is a Southerner who wrote Slaves in the Family. Feb 06, Larry Friedman rated it liked it. I thought this was a fascinating tale on two fronts. First, the mystery surrounding the true facts of the life of Dawn Simmons and the arrival of her infant daughter. Second is the look at the culture of Charleston in the early days of civil rights for African Americans and before homosexuals were commonly out. There is also an interesting exploration of the history of the study and "treatment" of people with ambiguous genitalia and transsexuals.

All in all, I found the story engaging and intere I thought this was a fascinating tale on two fronts. All in all, I found the story engaging and interesting through the end. Feb 08, Heather rated it really liked it. Very engaged in this story especially having recently moved to Charleston. My 1st E Bell book so I'm not sure if his others are written similarly.

Aug 12, Danette rated it it was ok. From the description, I thought it would be much more intriguing. But, it was a chore to power through. Although, I kept going because I wanted to get to the truth, which came out in the last 10 pages - the most interesting part of the book. Jul 22, Kimberly rated it really liked it.

Crazy but true story about Charleston. Feb 05, Wendi Zwaduk rated it really liked it. Very interesting read. Opened my eyes to what people will believe. Writing is crisp and flows well. Dec 17, Catherine rated it really liked it.


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I read this book over four years ago, but I do remember that I was intrigued throughout as the mystery unfolded. Jan 22, Tracy Nelson rated it did not like it Shelves: rejects. Painfully drab. Couldn't get into it. Jun 01, Rosie rated it it was amazing. A train wreck of a life. It was painful to read but I wanted to finish it. I don't recommend it. I felt very badly for Natasha, the daughter Jan 06, Kristen rated it really liked it. While not the very best written book, it is fascinating and well researched. You have to admire the moxy Dawn had. Nov 22, Marilou rated it it was ok.

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