Vicissitudes

Vicissitudes

the new 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 romance 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 Authors Are Saying About Vicissitudes:

  • “Oh, the delight that is basking in the words of Kim Green! Kim’s ability to write what we all feel, to play with language, to be bold and vulnerable and funny has found the perfect home in this important and hopeful love story. 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

  • “Vicissitudes is an honest and piercing look at a relationship between a transman and a cis straight-identified woman from her perspective. This is a novel for our times. As the main character, Morgan, reconciles her unfamiliarity with trans experience with her attraction and affection for a transman, we also see parallels in our current social world that is beginning to recognize trans existence in every aspect of society. Morgan is familiar with gay and lesbian life, however, the introduction of transmasculinity in her intimate world opens up new dimensions for her comfort and understanding of gender and sexually marginalized worlds within Black communities. 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.

    Matt Richardson
    Author, The Queer Limit of Black Memory
    Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California Santa Barbara

  • “Kim Green’s been keeping her literary talent on the down-low–ghosting-writing, teaching, and coaching–but it’s her time to shine in Vicissitudes, a beautifully written debut novel about the complexities and commonplaces of black trans/queer relationships. It’s a big, open-hearted, love-letter of a book that deserves a wide audience. I adored it.”

    Susan Stryker, Author, Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution.

  • I enjoyed the author’s skillful way of telling the story through the lens of four different characters. The back stories were compelling. This unusual writing style was intriguing. Any reader can relate to the almost desperate search for love and knows that love has the power to heal. I have read both of Kim Green’s books and I anxiously await her third. There were so many quotes that I think will be repeated like “…every single time an individual does the opposite of what’s expected, they create another possibility.” This book, which tells the story of human heartbreak, is also full of wisdom.

    Laurie Hyatt, Author, Silent Decision

  • ““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.”

    Lakendra Ford, Author, Amaze in ways

What Readers Are Saying About Vicissitudes:

  • “Since finishing Vicissitudes, I’ve found myself talking about this book…a lot.
    Kim Green’s writing is so stunningly poetic and evocative, I was captivated from the first page. It’s clear that Kim went deep in her research, and she illuminated a world I knew very little about prior to reading Vicissitudes. Through this beautiful and heartbreaking love story, I gained a broader understanding of the struggles the trans community faces, and feel I am able to be a much better advocate as a result.”

  • “Author, Kim Green is able to tell a story that entertains and inspires. The characters are real, vulnerable and give us the ability to see how we can move forward and not have to go through life alone. Green’s ability to craft individuals that bring you into their lives and allow you to see things from a different perspective makes this a book that stays with you. It’s not just about love and relationships. It’s about realizing what matters and what you’re willing to do for it.”

  • “What most people know about what transgender people (especially trans men) is very limited but this book makes that information accessible. The information is packaged through complex characters, on an unexpected life journey. You can tell that the author did her research. There is a lot of information in this book that illustrates the complexity of a trans relationship and the author, to her credit, does not shy away from including all of this in the story. There is vulnerability and the fears of both characters, which are beautifully, yet honestly told.
    This story is an eye opening, educational and emotional story that left me wanting to know more about the journey of these characters.

  • “I had to laugh at the ‘books similar to this’ section on the Amazon page, Vicissitudes is not that kind of bodice ripper. It is thoughtful and challenging. It is a novel with an intriguing story that also changes the reader – the best kind of book in my opinion. It is a romance story with complications, however. The two main characters are strong players and I love it that the secondary characters are also strong and challenging. I haven’t found many books that changed or broadened my perspective recently, so I’ll have to compare this to TV shows like Transparent or Ramy, where the reader can enter a life that they otherwise can’t experience. I learned a lot and was carried away by the story.

  • “I love how fresh the story lines 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…

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?