Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
I Heard Her Call My Name by Lucy Sante
Add I Heard Her Call My Name to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf

I Heard Her Call My Name

Best Seller
I Heard Her Call My Name by Lucy Sante
Hardcover $27.00
Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593493762

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • $27.00

    Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593493762

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593493779

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593829806

    358 Minutes

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from I Heard Her Call My Name

Product Details


“Beautiful . . . A profound narrative of self-realization written with curiosity and bracing clarity, I Heard Her Call My Name is a work that both new and established readers of Sante will treasure.” —Nicole Chung, Esquire’s The Best Memoirs of 2024 (So Far)

“Reading this book is a joy. Sante is funny and warm . . . I Heard Her Call My Name has much to say about the trans journey and will undoubtedly become a standard for those in need of guidance. But the book speaks to a wider audience, too: for anyone who needs to break out of their self-imposed ‘prison of denial,’ as Sante puts it, or to stop punishing themselves for wanting what they want.” —The Washington Post
“A timely but timeless memoir . . . At its heart, I Heard Her Call My Name is a poignant but forceful portrait of a life liberated from shame and fear . . . Emblematic of someone who has straddled cultures, languages, and genders, Sante’s bold devotion to complexity and clarity makes this an exemplary memoir. It is a clarion call to live one’s most authentic life.” —The Boston Globe
“Extraordinary . . . [Sante’s] writing remains as perceptive, elegant, and striking as ever, and furthermore it is fearlessly honest—a quality that often seems almost as rare as Sante-style bohemians . . . There has always been much truth in her work, flourishing like those renegade artists in the squalor of 1970s New York. And now there is even more.” —Slate

“This affirming memoir of late-in-life transition examines the writer’s gender-identity realization and her place in society. A gorgeous, essential read.” —People

“Arresting . . . it’s impossible not to be moved and fascinated by Sante’s exhilarating if painful journey.” —Los Angeles Times
“Deeply moving, often surprisingly hilarious . . . [Sante is] an exceptional prosaist . . . One of the memoir’s most poignant aspects is the way that Sante compares and contrasts her gender transition with the sort of transitioning she had to do “as an immigrant child becoming acculturated in the United States.” —Air Mail

“[Sante’s] memoir is moving for many reasons, but primarily for its observations about aging and vanity, as seen through the separated colors of a prismatic lens . . . Powerful.”The New York Times Book Review

“Miraculous . . . With piercing insight and a formidable command of language, Sante molds the material into a trenchant self-portrait that’s equal parts humorous (she wryly gives her coming-out email the subject line ‘A Bombshell’) and hard-nosed. This is a major achievement.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Disarmingly frank . . . In part an epistolary memoir that captures a fervid love affair with oneself . . . [I Heard Her Call My Name] also treats its material with the retrospective zeal and precision of a detective . . . Reminiscent of the Didion of The Year of Magical Thinking, examining from the outside the workings of her own mind in extremis . . . What feels most poignant is the clear continuity with Sante’s earlier work.” The New Republic

“Not to be missed, I Heard Her Call My Name is a powerful example of self-reflection and a vibrant exploration of the modern dynamics of gender and identity.” Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2024

“A sustained and joyful exhale.”4Columns

“An absorbing analysis of a long-standing search for identity in writing and life.” Kirkus

“Poignant, arresting, and ultimately affirming.” Booklist

“An astonishing, once-in-a-lifetime achievement, as two stories thread into one, from losing yourself in the lights, the sounds, the eyes of others, to the miraculous discovery of the language with which you can put yourself back together.” —Hua Hsu, author of Stay True

“Radical, humble, and wise, Sante’s account of discovery is the most generous of gifts—a book to treasure, and a memoir that will enter the canon of twenty-first-century greats.” —Hermione Hoby, author of Virtue

“I’ve admired the utter clarity and authority of Lucy Sante’s work for years, and I was deeply moved by how she tunneled through the specificity of her experiences to create this vivid, encompassing, and compassionate book.” —Catherine Lacey, author of Biography of X

“I Heard Her Call My Name is a generous, fearlessly revealing book, full of heart. Lucy Sante brings a reader through her transition, a story that moves across continents, time, and discovery. It is revitalizing. Sante’s dedication to truth asks beautifully honest questions: Who deserves to be a woman? What do we contain? What is it to live, survive, to thrive? This celebration of womanhood is fresh air you will want to breathe in deeply.” —Samantha Hunt, author of The Unwritten Book and The Seas

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Back to Top