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I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
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Jan 11, 2010

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bookshelves: pulitzer-winners
Read in January, 2010

The problem with this is that it reminded me of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but without the songs. I sort of feel like they couldn't give the Pulitzer to Hedwig, so they gave it to this. There's a whole lot in common: an East Berlin connection, oppressed gay life, cross dressing, understanding one's self, etc. It is well written and is apparently true, but it feels- well, too nice. Even his Nazi father and all the Stasi stuff seems to be presented in a somewhat pleasant way. It reads like grandma telling you a war era story, which might not be a bad thing for some- to me, however, it lacked a punch that it needed (and that Hedwig had). The fact that this is supposedly a true story just makes the general niceness all the more annoying.

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