The Unpaved Road

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
This is a short autobiographical account of my transition from male to female. More
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About Robyn Jane Sheppard

A middle-aged trans woman who, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, usually answers, "I'm not even sure yet about the whole growing up thing."

Married to her Princess Charming, she spends her time living between the real world and flights of fancy. She is currently working on her first e-book, which will either be a phantasmagorical pysco-sexual romance, or something else.

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Pigeonsquid reviewed on Jan. 4, 2019

Short but interesting
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Rachel Eliason reviewed on Oct. 7, 2012

The Unpaved Road is a short but extremely interesting autobiography of a transgender person. It starts with her early realization that she was different, including some early encounters with a boy and with crossdressing. She meets a gay person in college who helps her to see that it's okay to be who you are, no matter who you are.
Despite this she can do nothing about her own situation at the time. She is dependent on her parents for financial support and she must put her gender identity in the closet.
The narrative picks up again many years in the future. She can no longer deny who she is but fears how her friends and family will react to the news that the "man" they have known for years is in fact a woman.
I found the story quite interesting but I really wish and hope the author will flesh it out more. When I read the scenes about her childhood I got really hooked and thought, "wow this is going someplace interesting". But then the narrative skips most of her life. I want to know what she did. What was it like stuffing all that in the closet? How did she work to maintain the male image she had to present all those years. The coming out and transtioning too seemed abbreviated, like there is a lot more to this story. I really hope the author will come back and flesh this tale out more. Still I would have to say I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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Alicia Villasenor reviewed on May 4, 2012

First I want to thank you for sharing your story. I think its hard enough to come out to your family, but to also come out and tell the world and share your life story touches my heart. For those people like me who are straight and never knew a transgender person, your story is informative and puts meaning behind what motivates someone to undergo a sex change. Thank you for your bravery and your story.
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MB Crandell reviewed on May 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing your story. It was very informative and clearly straight forward. I think it's terribly sad that people have such difficulties accepting friends and family who might be a bit different. I also believe that those who look beyond and into the soul truly are blessed and will never be stuck in a "box." How wonderful you were able to move forward in your life, make an important decision, act upon it and find acceptance, peace and love.
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