My Body is Distant: A Memoir – a discovery of gender and belonging, both virtual and IRL
My Body is Distant: A Memoir is an electrifying and vulnerable memoir that invites readers into an intimate conversation about our digital and physical selves, gender, and belonging.
In My Body Is Distant, Paige Maylott writes about her life, both virtual and IRL, as she explores her authentic self and sexuality through dream-like virtual worlds. While Paige dances in online BDSM clubs and hurls spells on virtual battlefields, she is swept into a fairy tale romance that pushes her into discovery mode: How can she transcend her carefully curated computer universe and manifest that happiness in the real world?
As she discovers the person she is meant to be, Paige contends with a cancer diagnosis and an imploding marriage while struggling to convert an online love story into reality. When a humiliation at work provides the necessary push to transition, Paige finds the freedom to explore her new self.
Part trans woman’s coming-out story and part heartfelt romance, My Body Is Distant follows Paige from a childhood obsession with the 1980s game Zork, through a health crisis and divorce, to, ultimately, an affirmation of authenticity and self-love.
Available from ECW Press
Paige Maylott is a Canadian novelist, gamer, and lover of alternate realities. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family, where she collects rabbit paraphernalia, retro games of the 80s and 90s, and is surrounded by an adorable, but demanding, menagerie of furry friends.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.