My Life as a Boy: A Woman's Story
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My Life as a Boy: A Woman's Story

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By turns provocative and startlingly revealing, MY LIFE AS A BOY is the story of a woman trying to figure out what love is, trying to understand what happens between desire and the determination to possess the object of that desire, and discovering what it's like to go after what you want. "Chernin writes with the grace of a poet and the insight of a psychotherapist, bring...more
ebook, 146 pages
Published January 5th 1997 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (first published 1997)
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Superstition Review
Boys, in a patriarchal society like the Western world, are conditioned to act a certain way in certain situations. As are girls, as are men, as are women. What happens when a person molts their gender to become something new?

With this concept in mind, we are introduced to Kim Chernin, a born woman who is becoming a born-again boy. To the chagrin of her longtime husband Max, Kim uses her budding relationship with Hadamar, a stunning woman, to facilitate her metamorphosis.

Women here seem to be dam...more
I read this book more than once, and will probably read it again one day. It is one of those books that depending on where you are at in your life is going to have an effect on how the reading goes. I related alot of my gender issues to the main character in this book, even though she was a middle aged woman, married/divorcing with kids at college.
Clivemichael Justice
She writes well, provocative and anticipatory, how she reaches out without actually tasting the fruit testing her limits in an intense ride of self discovery. Slow going in places as she waxes eloquent on the indecisive mind. Loved the well illustrated family dynamics. An excellent slice of life.
I got so caught up in Kim Chernin's lush prose that I didn't realize I was halfway through the book--and absolutely NOTHING happened. In no way do I wish to invalidate her experience, but it wasn't as thrilling and revelatory a ride for me.
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Kim Chernin is a free-lance editor, a writing consultant, and an instructor in creative writing at the University of California and has a private practice in Berkeley, California, as a consultant to women with eating disorders.
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