This is a searing account of the author's physical, spiritual and emotional journey from man to woman. Josie has lived and loved as a man and as a woman. This is the story of her voyage from his days working in desert mining and construction camps through to the struggles with her family and eventual reconciliation with her dying mother. It is the story of his loves and his marriage as a man, of fatherhood, and his passage through the barriers of gender and sex. The story of the shock of discovering her need -- as a woman -- to be with a man. An account, as well, of personal spiritual discovery, The Real Possibility of Joy opens up the mystery of what it means to be human and captures the joy of living one's own, hard-won, personal truth.