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The Book

“Wo-Man”

"Male to Female"

This profoundly nonfiction moving story carries the reader along from the drastic to the dreamful. The outcome of the author’s trials and tribulations, searching for a way out of tragic moments and situations in a small third-world country—thanks to her indomitable faith and will to survive—is just this side of miraculous because fighting was the only thing that arose to protect her life. 

This is the true story of a Guyanese village child raised by a hostile family in a society intolerant of her love preference. Born differently, Veemala Victoria Persaud recalls feeling miscast, wrong, other than her body, she is and was always meant to be wo-man. Her family of origin treats her like chattel, rejecting her emotionally but compounding her misery with forced child labor. There are horrific scenes of her alcoholic father beating her mother and threatening her with death. Things get worse before getting better. She is subject to repeated episodes of rape beatings and burns by neighborhood men. After numerous efforts to escape from the nightmare clutches of abuse, rape, and humiliation while trying to find her true self, Veemala makes her way to the United States of America.

 
The turning point of her journey takes place in immigration court, where a federal judge makes a decision on her political asylum claim because of intolerance and life-threatening bigotry in her homeland. As she settles with relatives in New York, she spreads her wings and learns to fly. Through education and sheer determination, she progresses from beautician to college degree to surgical technologist and much more. There are many new romantic and erotic encounters along the way. Vemaala, now a well-known motivational speaker and a source of inspiration to others, is a living role model for overcoming adversity and seizing the day.