the novel by Kim Green

After a painful divorce, single mother, Morgan Franklin has given up on love. When she attends her best friend’s wedding, she realizes that nine years of being intentionally single has to end. With the push of her nine-year-old daughter, Rain, she allows herself to enjoy an innocent dance with Mr. Jahn Booth, a handsome and charismatic man. Sparks fly and she soon finds herself swept up in a tornado of fear, lust, gossip, and self-realization when Jahn shares the truth of who he really is. This all-inclusive hetero-turned-LGBT romance is the essential modern-day love story as it confronts the cost of love and the insidious fear and distrust that keeps us apart. Vicissitudes asks an important question: What if you could love with your heart and not with the rules?

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What Readers Are Saying About Vicissitudes:

  • “As the title suggests, Vicissitudes exposes the uncomfortable, controversial and electrifying changes ever-present in human life, and bravely takes a stand for following ones’ heart into the unknown.

    – Jen Sincero, Author, You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life

  • “I just finished Vicissitudes…I really enjoyed it. It’s so timely, real and deeply heartfelt. I was totally engrossed.

    Leslie Cohen, Author, The Audacity of a Kiss: Love, Art and Liberation

  • “As we watch Morgan’s mind expand to the reality of multiple gender possibilities, so has the nation been confronting a new world beyond biological determinism. This is an important Black love story that interrogates a multitude of assumptions of what Black love looks like, how it unfolds in communities and complicates the mainstream definition of gender.”

    M. Richardson, Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California Santa Barbara

  • “Vicissitudes is an excellent novel! A truly sensitive subject which Kim Green handles so beautifully.”

    J. Malkin

  • “Sadly, I just finished Vicissitudes. I’m in awe! The writing is provocative, alluring and I feel all the characters’ struggles. Bravo!! I am so looking forward to the sequel! I want to go help the Transgender Community now. No more suicides…just because a person wants to be their authentic self! You transformed my intellect and thought process on this subject, greatly.”

    C. Gage

  • “I love how fresh the storylines are and how relatable the characters are, even with their flaws. I love, too, how fearless Green is in taking on weighty, contemporary and challenging ideas.”


  • “…it reads very well to me, her voice is reminiscent of Erica Simone Turnipseed.”


  • “The conceit of this work feels very fresh, contemporary, and an entirely new examination of the typical love story. Characters like Jahn are lacking in literature, and the writer explores the nuances of his identity very carefully and meticulously-with sources and research to back Green’s choices. …The writer captured a strong sense of fear, awkwardness and intimacy associated with disclosing…”


  • “This work is fresh and visionary, challenging cherished beliefs and boundaries of identity and what we think we know about love.”


  • Vicissitudes is not a trend but a discovery. A novel not for few – but all. I’m honored to be in on the discovery of fair, free, funny, beautiful, heartbreaking and heartfelt love. I say it before bed nightly, “Vicissitudes.” We all need change in the air.

    C. Lorenzo

  • Vicissitudes is an impeccably written story with an exciting mixture of suspense, controversy and enlightenment. I found myself shackled to the story with all of its twists and turns. This story left me to question my own level of consciousness. In a time when people cling to the term, “woke,” this novel creates a tug-of-war with religious principles, cultural acceptance and spirituality. I’m so glad to have read my way into a deeper level of understanding. I look forward to meeting these characters again.

    L. Ford

  • Kim Green has captured the elation and agony felt by many trans men in their journeys of transformation. I rejoiced in Jahn’s adventures through life as a teacher and lover while wrestling with the dynamics of call-out culture and an ever-changing LGBT community’s understanding of gender identity and the risks of personal exposure. May his story provide a beacon for other trans men in their quest to find true love and acceptance.

    Z. Keig

  • LOVED IT!!! I couldn’t put the book down. What a beautiful and educational love story.


Kim Green

Kim Green is a prolific, some would say, indefatigable, writer. Her passion for writing began with copywriting, which led to an enviable exhilarating entertainment career as a Copy Director at Sony Music Entertainment, where she conceived award-winning corporate campaigns and conceived the voice of Def Jam Records’ advertising. Kim was also responsible for creating memorable campaigns for Sony Music Entertainment, International and artists of all genres, including classical, jazz and R&B.

Green has also penned novels, celebrity biopics, creative non-fiction, short stories, essays and all forms of commercial writing including websites, newsletters, blogs and speeches. Kim’s work has appeared in Essence, The Source, American Baby, The Philadelphia Tribune, Paper and internationally, i-D and The Wire, both London-based publications. Kim has interviewed countless celebrities including legends Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, George Clinton, Queen Latifah and Tupac Shakur. “Life Is Not A Fairytale,” the autobiography of 2004 American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino appeared on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists and was made into a Lifetime Television movie.  Kim Green’s novel, “Vicissitudes” is out now.

Kim owns, WORDS, LLC and Blank Page Consulting. As a certified coach, she specializes in coaching writers and their lives.


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Book Club Questions

  1. How did Jahn’s disclosure impact you – and would you have continued to pursue the relationship with him. Why or why not?
  2. Do you have any personal experiences with Trans people. If so have you had a positive experience/reaction or negative?
  3. What do you think the author was trying to do with this book?
  4. How do the 4 main characters (Morgan, Jahn, Rene, Bethany) transform at the end?
  5. Did you find yourself changed in anyway by reading this book?
  6. Who do you believe wrote the eulogy for Bertha Mae Harden? Do you believe, like Rene, that it wasn’t true? Why or why not?
  7. What are the vicissitudes that we are experiencing as a nation right now? How do you handle change?
  8. What would you like to see happen to Jahn and Morgan as a couple and why?
  9. What are the parallels between Lupus and Transitioning – and why do you think the author chose to put these two conditions in the spotlight?
  10. When have you chosen to go with your heart and not with the confines of what’s considered right? How has it impacted your life?

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