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About the Book

Margarite knew from an early age she was born in the wrong body. As a ‘transvestite’ in a small, conservative town, she suffered the vagaries of intolerance. However, if she thought small-town hypocrisy made her life hellish, she had no idea what was to come. After undergoing transgender surgery in Holland, Margarite, now Stuart, named after a poet, returned to their small town only to be arrested for second-degree murder. It was Stuart’s decades in Florida State Prison at Raiford that taught them what true hell was like for an inmate who “used to be a woman.” But each time they faced certain death a savior appeared. Stuart likened it to Dante’s trip through hell. While Dante had Virgil to guide him, Margarite and Stuart had three Virgil’s in life. When Stuart finally walked the ‘chute’ out of the prison gates, he left as a billionaire several times over and ultimately found redemption in their small, southern town.

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barnes Hell has never been this hellish.
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About the Author

Stefano Duetagli (a penname) was born in the small, southern town in which the book is set and worked a variety of jobs on his way to a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences. One of those jobs was a three-year stint teaching college-level courses in the Florida State Prison System. Other jobs as a waiter, bartender, part bar owner, city and county maintenance worker, experiences as a teaching and research assistant, and finally a university professor and administrator contributed to Guideless the Rivers’ Course. A second book based on the same characters is in progress.

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We are on the cusp of the Anthropocene Era. People have two choices. Retrench into old modes of thought and become intellectually extinct or embrace the challenges we face and become a force for positive change. I love good conversation and debate. Twitter is a character-limited vehicle requiring terse and concise communication. So much the better. There are those who will be challenged and wish to challenge the premises of this book. Disagreement and debate are the two frictional forces that yield a new synthesis. But I will not respond to unrestrained thrusts of ignorance. For those who enjoyed the book and find the subject matter uplifting, please feel free to extend my knowledge by challenging things you feel I may have gotten wrong. For those who disagree with the basic premises, I ask only that challenges be well thought out and worthy of debate. And please be patient. I may not be able to answer immediately, but I will answer all respectful communiques from all sides.