In the Darkroom

In the Darkroom

eBook - 2016
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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE 2017 From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity. In 2004 feminist writer Susan Faludi set out to investigate someone she scarcely knew: her estranged father. Steven Faludi had lived many roles: suburban dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. Living in Hungary after sex reassignment surgery and identifying as 'a complete woman now,' how was this new parent connected to the silent and ultimately violent father who had built his career on the alteration of images? Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's metamorphosis takes her across borders - historical, political, religious, sexual - and brings her face to face with the question of the age: is identity something you "choose" or is it the very thing you cannot escape?
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780008193515
0008193517
9780805095999
0805095993
Branch Call Number: PN4874.F385 A3 2016x
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Sep 18, 2016

How does the child -even as an adult- react when a parent changes gender? In this book Susan Faludi, feminist and theorist, reconnects with a father she barely knew when he emails her with news that he is now not Steven, but Stephanie. She travels to Hungary a number of times over succeeding years, re-establishing a relationship with this new person, and trying to make connections between the two halves of his life (something Stephanie did not try to do). It's a cerebral book, but rooted in the emotions. See my full review here:
https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/in-the-darkroom-by-susan-faludi/

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