Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence.
Woman or man? That's the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950's, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist '60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early '70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.
Leslie Feinberg is also the author of Trans Liberation, Trans Gender Warriors and Transgender Liberation, and is a noted activist and speaker on transgender issues....Continua
Read it for class (the same sexuality in literature or something class).
It's a heartbreaking story, and I'm glad I read it, since it helped "broaden my horizons". But the author and I just had such different worldviews that despite feeling much sympathy for her, I couldn't really empathize.
That isn't to say the author is a bad writer, just that her experiences are so far out there for me that I just couldn't breach that disconnect......Continua