Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian

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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.

About Chris Bohjalian

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CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and twice became movies (Midwives and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit him at or on Facebook.From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 13, 2002 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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But , truth to say, Dana has never been comfortable as a man, and he shocks Allie by telling her that he he’s heading out to Colorado at the end of the year to have sex-changing surgery.

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The bestselling author of Midwives and The Law of Similars continues his tradition of incorporating social issues into his moving narratives. Transsexuality goes mainstream in this Scarlet Letter for

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Despite this revelation, and despite her reservations, Allison invites Dana to move in with her, and they have great sex right up until the night before the operation in Colorado, where Allison has loyally accompanied Dana for post-op and moral support.

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Perhaps after having to research so deeply the information needed to tell us Dana's story, there wasn't a lot of energy left over to infuse it with the beating heart of real people and a real love story.

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Allison Banks—the divorced teacher at the heart of this new novel from Bohjalian (Midwives)—has fallen hard for her handsome film professor, Dana Stevens.

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Austin Chronicle

The first page reads like a script, and chapters are then given to the vivid and well-imagined people who are "interviewed": Carly Banks, a college freshman, her father Will, her mother Allison Banks, and the man Allison falls in love with, Dana Stevens.

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