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A brisk, brave coming-out story.
— Boulder Daily Camera
The memoir is an excellent companion piece for any LGBT person … gives voice and, in turn, validity, to the complex struggles many LGBT people undertake within themselves.
— Philadelphia Inquirer
There’s no denying the happy ending or the value of this memoir of acceptance
— Booklist
Fagan provides sparkling detail without an overly academic voice that makes for superb reading the whole time. The Reappearing Act is a supremely important story for our time, one that is worth reading (almost) no matter what.
— Alibi
Fagan is a strong and determined individual...She is a fine and honest writer.
— NPR's Only A Game
A taut gripping new memoir … truly one of the best memoirs I’ve read.
— Out Magazine
A must-read.
— Huffington Post
A first-rate reading experience.
— Lambda Literary Review
A heart-warming and heart-wrenching tale all at once.
— Curve Magazine
Soul-bearing and well-timed … for all ages and creeds.
— Slam Magazine
A sensitive, witty and altogether moving coming-out story told with the salty, sharp verve of a sports writer? That’s what Kate Fagan has given us. The Reappearing Act is a treasure, a must-read for people inside and outside the sports world. I bet it will also make a difference in the lives of a lot of young people coming to grips with the act of growing up.
— Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation
Kate Fagan’s beautifully written coming-of-age memoir is raw, wise, honest and courageous. ‘The Reappearing Act’ reminds us that it may seem impossible to reconcile the world’s expectations with your heart’s, but if you stay true to yourself, you may just get what you want. I love this book.
— Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN investigative reporter and New York Times best-selling author of First Off the Tee, Wonder Girl and Her Way
I didn’t think any writer could weave so many themes—college sports, evangelical Christianity, sexual identity, family dynamics—into an accessible and easy-to-read narrative. But in The Reappearing Act, Kate Fagan has done that and more. She’s written a moving, funny and revelatory memoir that entertains even more than it informs, which is saying something.
— Gary Belsky, columnist and former editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine.
Kate Fagan’s The Reappearing Act is a much needed personal story about the struggles and anxiety surrounding sexual identity. In a humorous, intimate and endearingly vulnerable way, Kate shares her lonely but ultimately triumphant battle of coming to terms with being gay. Her memoir will serve as a guide and source of confidence for many others fighting the same internal conflict.
— Julie Foudy, analyst for ABC/ESPN and former midfielder for the United States women’s national soccer team
Fagan, a columnist for ESPN and former University of Colorado basketball player, recounts her experiences coming to terms with her sexuality in this well-crafted memoir. The memoir’s greatest strength is its glimpse into how a variety of lesbian athletes and coaches navigate the homophobic culture of college sports. Fagan’s work will appeal to readers hoping to better understand the complications of being gay in sports.
— Publishers Weekly
A gripping memoir written with honesty and wry humor ... The Reappearing Act should be required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the crippling effects of homophobia.
— Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts and author of Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport.
A thought-provoking read that takes you on the journey of a young woman navigating her discoveries and beginning to find her true self.
— Library Journal