When was the last time you encountered someone whose gender you couldn't identify? The experience is disconcerting, maybe frightening. That is gender shock. These are stories from the life of a woman who is often mistaken for a man. Sheila Gilhooly writes of encounters in change rooms and washrooms, hospitals and police cars, with strangers and people in authority, who all make the same mistake. They think she is a man. They experience gender shock. She has to deal with their reactions. Gilhooly writes with a wry sense of self, and a combination of vulnerability and pride in her identity that leaves a lasting impression.