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The story follows Richard Novic/Alice Novic as she negotiates life as a student and then a medical doctor. While living her straight life, she explores a secret life as a crossdreamer. She gets involved with the Tiffany Club in Boston and Tri-Ess in Chicago. She learns make-up, hair care, and dressing. She experiments with gay sex, but she decides that she wants to have a life with a wife and children.
Eventually, she moves to Los Angeles and starts visiting the old Queen Mary bar. (I think that I met her there!) Alice marries a woman, and she is able to have a secret life as a crossdreamer with a boyfriend.
I love the story because Alice is able to love herself enough to demand and acheive happiness as a crossdreamer.
The book feels a bit dated now. It was first published in 2009, but I think that it is still worth reading.