Book review: She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff (9781432743772)

“She’s My Dad” is Ms. Woulff’s debut novel and it a very unique story about a transgender English professor, Nickie Farrell (aka Nicholas Farrington) who comes back to her alma mater, Windfield College,  to teach.  Little does she know that there are major events that will change her life forever.  Nicholas Colin (“Collie”) Farrell hears a surprising confession from his mother that his father was a former student of Windfield College and not the evil, abusive, bigoted, low-life that she married.  Ambassador Eamon Douglass is a wealthy, psychotic old man who concocts a plot to kill the people at Windfield College by setting off a dirty bomb during a large gathering.

This book is about good over evil, about faith in human beings and about self-discovery and the power of love.  The characters range from evil, hateful human beings to inspiring, loving human beings.  I have worked at a liberal college for many years and have seen the results of  hate crimes from within the college and the community and it saddens me that people are so judgmental and close-minded that they can’t see the wonderful, diverse community in which we belong.  I believe in Ms. Woulff’s characters because I have seen them with my own eyes.  The suspense in this novel will keep you reading and the message it brings will stay with you forever.

Thank you to Ms. Woulff for sending me her book to review.


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