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Trans-Sister Radioby Chris Bohjalian
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With Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian, author of the bestseller Midwives, again confronts his very human characters with issues larger than themselves, here tackling the explosive issue of gender.
When Allison Banks develops a crush on Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs most: attention, gentleness, kindness, passion. Her daughter, Carly, enthusiastically witnesses the change in her mother. But then a few months into their relationship, Dana tells Allison his secret: he has always been certain that he is a woman born into the wrong skin, and soon he will have a sex-change operation. Allison, overwhelmed by the depth of her passion, and finds herself unable to leave Dana. By deciding to stay, she finds she must confront questions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carlys be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lovers new body-hoping against hope that her love will transcend the physical.
"Inspired....[A] highly original novel....Impossible to put down." USA Today
"Transsexuality goes mainstream in this Scarlet Letter for a softer, gentler but more complicated age....Bohjalian humanizes the transsexual community and explains the complexities of sex and gender in an accessible, evenhanded fashion, making a valuable contribution to a dialogue of social and political import." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Bohjalian has...written an interesting [and] ultimately, a quite daring novel, and a worthy successor to Midwives. Like that novel, Trans-Sister Radio challenges readers' most dearly held notions of biological reality." The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Set your dial to Trans-Sister Radio for a thoughtful and provocative read, and when you want more after you finish, tune into Bohjalian's earlier books, which are as well written." Nancy E. Young, BUST Magazine
"Provocative and insightful, this gender-bending novel will make readers question what it means to be a man or a woman, and how strongly these identities are influenced by biological and cultural pressures." Bonnie Johnston, Booklist
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About the Author
Chris Bohjalian is the author of Midwives, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. He lives in Lincoln, Vermont, with his wife and daughter.
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