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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 Carly’ s be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lover’s new body–hoping against hope that her love will transcend the physical.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins.
Published: VintageAnchor an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Aug 13, 2002
ISBN: 9781400032983
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Well, this is one of those terrible and yet for me compulsively readable novels. How do normal people see/deal with gender variance? And by normal people I mean to include aspiring normal people. I always want to know, so I read their (incredibly popular, published by mainstream presses, gigantic advance bearing, totally exploitative) books.

Obviously heavily researched, and written by an obviously gender-conforming, heterosexual, Extremely Liberal dude. Not quite as offensive to my sensibilities as Middlesex (the gold standard), but gross and recuperating of the gender binary, heteronormativity, and liberalism. Yuck yuck yuck! I think I need a bath.
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This is the second book I have read of Bohjalian's. I was drawn to his books because he sets his books in Vermont and I know where the places are that he uses. This particular book was about a somewhat touchy subject and I can relate to the reactions of friends and neighbors because they are typical of the area.read more
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Gay. Straight. Trans-gender. Transsexual. This book is a rather simplistic look at the complicated issue of sexual reassignment surgery. It begins like any other love story between a man and a woman except this man, Dana, is in the process of becoming a woman. The characters are a little under developed and the book is very predictable but I learned a thing or two about transsexuals. I am a fan of National Public Radio so I loved the NPR transcripts that ran throughout the story.read more
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Well, this is one of those terrible and yet for me compulsively readable novels. How do normal people see/deal with gender variance? And by normal people I mean to include aspiring normal people. I always want to know, so I read their (incredibly popular, published by mainstream presses, gigantic advance bearing, totally exploitative) books.

Obviously heavily researched, and written by an obviously gender-conforming, heterosexual, Extremely Liberal dude. Not quite as offensive to my sensibilities as Middlesex (the gold standard), but gross and recuperating of the gender binary, heteronormativity, and liberalism. Yuck yuck yuck! I think I need a bath.
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This is the second book I have read of Bohjalian's. I was drawn to his books because he sets his books in Vermont and I know where the places are that he uses. This particular book was about a somewhat touchy subject and I can relate to the reactions of friends and neighbors because they are typical of the area.
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Gay. Straight. Trans-gender. Transsexual. This book is a rather simplistic look at the complicated issue of sexual reassignment surgery. It begins like any other love story between a man and a woman except this man, Dana, is in the process of becoming a woman. The characters are a little under developed and the book is very predictable but I learned a thing or two about transsexuals. I am a fan of National Public Radio so I loved the NPR transcripts that ran throughout the story.
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Interesting take on transgender issues but saw the ending coming a mile away....not as good as Bohjalian's other books.
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I won't summarize "Trans-Sister" radio as summaries and plot descriptions are readily and plentifully available.I will think that it the weakest novel, of Bohjalian's work, by far. There are several reasons, but first and foremost I believe that the characters in the book, while involved in a rather sensational life-happening, are flat and ill-developed. In some cases, Carly for instance, a character is just a collection of stereotypes and cliches used as a plot vehicle more than anything else.While none of the characters were especially well-developed, the females characters were downright frustrating. While I've always enjoyed and respected Bohjalian's previous novels, in this case I felt like I was reading a man trying way too hard to write about women: how they dress, act, think, and feel. The descriptions of clothing and some descriptions of physical intimacy were nearly laughable.While the plot was interesting (it kept me from putting the book aside) it was also predictable.In summary: not a fully thought-out or fleshed out novel, both from the standpoint of character POV and character development as well as plot resolution.
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I enjoyed this book much more than Midwives, which I barely finished. I really enjoyed hearing the story from multiple perspectives. Perhaps a change in writing would have been good as we changed to new people. Otherwise, I could not put this down until I finished the story.
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