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If you enjoy historical fiction with a twist or are a fan of Sarah Waters then you should really try Silver by Scott Cairns. Think Tipping the Velvet crossed with Crimson Petal and the White and you will instantly draw on the sensual evocation ofMoreIf you enjoy historical fiction with a twist or are a fan of Sarah Waters then you should really try Silver by Scott Cairns. Think Tipping the Velvet crossed with Crimson Petal and the White and you will instantly draw on the sensual evocation of Victorian London where secrets and lies make startling bedfellows.London, 1911 - The death of Avery Silver, an unremarkable, elderly gentleman should not cause a stir but when his daughter , Imogen, identifies his body a shocking secret is brought to light that not only disrupts her life but also makes her question her own identity.Inspire by a true story, Silver is the story of one mans struggle to come to terms with being born in the wrong body. It is the story of how his daughter, a woman who, when faced with the question of her own heritage, finds some extraordinary answers. It is a novel about identity and love, exploring themes of gender, position, class and sexuality.A recent semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, Publishers Weekly had this to say about Silver (manuscript):This impressive historical novel tracks the parallel stories of a transsexual in 19th-century London and his grown daughter, who only discovers his secret upon his death. When Imogen Bancroft’s father dies, her mourning is quickly overshadowed by a scandal regarding Avery (née Alice) Silver’s gender. This unfolding of events lines up with Avery’s own transition (nonsurgical) from female to male. As a young woman, Alice feels uncomfortable in her own skin -- but as she comes of age, the reality of her gender becomes unbearable. Her father is a wealthy widower and both his money and inattention allow her to explore passing for male, from wearing custom suits to the courtship of a rebellious young woman. Masterfully structured, this is a journey of self-discovery for both Avery and his daughter Imogen, whose personal history, parental relationships, and marriage all come into question after the truth is revealed. Every character is fully realized -- each with his own motivations, desires and flaws -- and the author never resorts to preaching, in spite of the politically charged topicSilver is available now on Kindle or Paperback from Amazon.