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Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian
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Feb 25, 09

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in February, 2009

An account of a transsexual who has his/her gender reassigned, and the effect this has on her relationships and the community in which she lives. I suppose Bohjalian really believed he was doing a service to transsexuals by writing a sympathetic account of their experience, and maybe he would have been if it had been a better book. In fact, it's both plodding and prurient -- an amazing achievement! It's about genitals, not about the people who have, or change, those genitals. Bohjalian doesn't bother to give the characters credible personalities, and they all sound alike. Each chapter is told by one of the four principal characters in turn, but that soon becomes monotonous and gimmicky since none of them has a voice sufficiently distinctive to make us give a care about what he or she thinks. Compare this book to, say, Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, and it's obvious what a trashy potboiler it is.
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Heather You thought Middlesex was good? Granted, I didn't like this book either. But Middlesex? That book was tabloid trash. Pap, the both of them.


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