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Firstborn

Lorie Ann Grover

Grover's (On Pointe, 2004) latest novel is a fantasy that examines issues of gender. When Tiadone was born, her parents decided to raise her as boy rather than abandon her in the wilds and certain death, which is the fate for all firstborn R'tan females. As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone must prove that her parents did not make a mistake. But as she grows older, her feminine traits emerge and Tiadone finds herself drawn to her best friend, Ratho. Confused and desperate, she must find the strength to deal with the young woman she has become and uncover her real purpose in life.