In the Darkroom

In the Darkroom

Book - 2016
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Journalist Susan Faludi's inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga, involving her 76-year-old father--long estranged and living in Hungary--who underwent sex reassignment surgery.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805089080
080508908X
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: In the dark room

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi brings her formidable reporting to this book about her long-estranged father Steven, who reaches out to her after a sex-change operation. The two have barely spoken in 25 years, and Faludi remembers a controlling, overbearing patriarch. While Stefani... Read More »


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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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