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And what about Dana's new girlfriend Allie Banks, a beloved local schoolteacher who fell in love with him before learning of his plan? Her initial instinct is to end the relationship. Then she decides to stand by Dana, inspired rather than daunted by her stuffy ex-husband Will's opposition to the "effeminate" guy she's dating, and by the horrified reactions of the parents at her school. She does, it's true, continue to love Dana after the sex reassignment surgery. And she stoically endures the threatening notes in her school mailbox and the crude graffiti on her front door, as well as the minor vindication of a local public radio story on their battle. Yet Allie never makes the emotional shift from heterosexual woman to lesbian. Breaking off the affair, she spends months mourning the man she had fallen in love with.
Assuming, as we are meant to, that Dana is outwardly becoming the person she always was inside--that biology is anything but destiny--there's only one character who undergoes a profound change over the course of the novel. That would be Will, Allie's ex-husband, who recoils from Dana's initial sexual ambiguity. After her surgery, however, he finds himself increasingly aware of her as a woman.
And so when I'd hug Dana or touch the inside of her palm with the inside of mine (a handshake, yet so suggestive) or my fingers would find their way to one of her arms, I would experience a sexual ripple and wonder why I had felt such a thing--why I had courted such a thing. And the answer would be because she was pretty and she was smart and she was feminine.
Structuring his story around the transcript of a fictional National Public Radio feature on transgender, Bohjalian shifts the point of view with every chapter: the characters often seem to be enlarging on comments they had made for broadcast. We hear from Dana, Allie, and Will in turn, as well as Carly, the daughter of the divorced couple. In this sense, Trans-sister Radio gives everyone equal time. And for good or ill, it has none of the bluster or transgressive charge of Gore Vidal's late-1960s bombshell, Myra Breckinridge. Instead it brings transgender home, rendering it (to quote Dana herself) "domestic as a balloon shade or a perennial garden. And just as harmless." --Regina Marler
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 344 pages. Text tanned.When Allison Banks develops a crush on Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs mos t: 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 wro ng skin, and soon he will have a sex-change operation. Allison, o verwhelmed by the depth of her passion, finds herself unable to l eave Dana. By deciding to stay, she finds she must confront quest ions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carly' s be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend wit h the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lover's new body-hoping against hope that her love will tran scend the physical.--Penguin Random House. Seller Inventory # 114au
Book Description Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Trade Paperback. *** PUBLISHING DETAILS: Harper Collins, Moss Vale, NSW, Australia, 2000. *** CONDITION: This book is in very good condition. *** ABOUT THIS BOOK: Dana has known his entire life that "he" should really be a "she". After months of therapy and hormone treatment, he decides to take a sabbatical in order to complete his transition. However, just weeks before he is due to start living life as a woman, Dana falls in love with Alison. *** Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Drama & Sagas; ISBN: 073226510X. ISBN/EAN: 9780732265106. Inventory No: 10050208. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Seller Inventory # 10050208