As Nature Made Him

As Nature Made Him

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

By John Colapinto

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061120565, 289pp.

Publication Date: August 2006


In 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender. The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicine and a total failure. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male. A macabre tale of medical arrogance, it is first and foremost a human drama of one man's and one family's amazing survival in the face of terrible odds.

About the Author
JOHN COLAPINTO started his career at Saturday Night magazine in Toronto, and is an award-winning journalist and an author and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York magazine and The New York Times Magazine, and was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His feature in Rolling Stone titled The True Story of John/Joan, an account of David Reimer, who underwent a sex change in infancy, led to As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, a New York Times bestseller. Film rights were bought by Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy). Colapinto's first novel, About the Author, was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and film rights have been acquired by the leading independent producer in America, Scott Rudin.