Peterson’s autobiography is an ultimately positive account of three disastrous marriages – the first two to abusive husbands; the third to a man who, nine years later, decided he’d rather be a woman.
Though devastating at the time, Michelle describes the incredibly difficult events of her life in a simple, straightforward style and disarmingly low-key sense of humor. Her pluck and precociousness as a young child shines through in her matter-of-fact accounting of a unique and often startling childhood.
Married at 15, a mother at 15, divorced and remarried at 18, Michelle wondered if her life would ever be “normal.” After dealing with the overwhelming challenges of two abusive husbands, she thought she had found the ideal man in her third marriage – until he announced he wanted a sex-change operation and a divorce.
Their complicated and controversial divorce and major financial challenges made the next year the most dramatic of her life. Her emotional suffering manifested in severe back and leg pain for several months. This difficult and traumatic period became a positive factor, though, for her future career. She decided to become a licensed massage therapist.
“I believe my experiences with severe physical pain during my divorce, made me a much better massage therapist,” she said. “I understand what my clients go through with chronic pain. My goal is always to find the source of their pain and help them eliminate it.”
The book signing next Wednesday will be at 6:30 p.m. at Braun Books.