Published by Crown Archetype on October 16, 2018
New York Times Editors' Choice
In this poignant memoir of personal transformation, Jill Soloway takes us on a patriarchy-toppling emotional and professional journey. When Jill's parent came out as transgender, Jill pushed through the male-dominated landscape of Hollywood to create the groundbreaking and award-winning Amazon TV series Transparent. Exploring identity, love, sexuality, and the blurring of boundaries through the dynamics of a complicated and profoundly resonant American family, Transparent gave birth to a new cultural consciousness. While working on the show and exploding mainstream ideas about gender, Jill began to erase the lines on their own map, finding their voice as a director, show creator, and activist. She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy moves with urgent rhythms, wild candor, and razor-edged humor to chart Jill's evolution from straight, married mother of two to identifying as queer and nonbinary. This intense and revelatory metamorphosis challenges the status quo and reflects the shifting power dynamics that continue to shape our collective worldview. With unbridled insight that offers a rare front seat to the inner workings of the #metoo movement and its aftermath, Jill captures the zeitgeist of a generation with thoughtful and revolutionary ideas about gender, inclusion, desire, and consent.
She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy by Jill Soloway takes you through her childhood and that all important moment when her father tells her he will now be known as “Maura” and prefers She / Her. Soloway is an excellent storyteller but this story is true life. She takes her heartbreak which turns to joy and then dives into to share with the rest of us on the brilliant show Transparent. She also relates the #MeToo moment that happened with Jeffrey Tambor and the fallout from that.
I really enjoyed this touching memoir and was very happy she also touched on her writing career in general. She has such a way with words that this is a pleasure to read. I am a fan of memoirs but haven’t been reading as many as I used to. This one jump-started my addiction again.