The Resource In the darkroom, Susan Faludi

In the darkroom, Susan Faludi

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In the darkroom
Title
In the darkroom
Statement of responsibility
Susan Faludi
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things--obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness." So begins Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father--long estranged and living in Hungary--had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who claimed to be "a complete woman now" connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known? Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father's many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful--and virulent--nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's reinvented self takes her across borders--historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you "choose," or is it the very thing you can't escape?"--
Summary
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi had barely heard from her father Steven for over 20 years when she received an email in which Steven came out as transgender. Now called Stefánie Faludi, she wanted to make her daughter's acquaintance all over again. In the Darkroom explores Stefánie's life, beginning in Budapest after World War I. Susan based this biography on recollections from her childhood, conversations and correspondence with Stefánie, as well as interviews with other family members and friends, Stefánie's surgeon, and other transgender women. In this fascinating account, Susan disentangles fact from fiction in Stefánie's recollections, painting a moving and insightful portrait. -- Description by Katherine Bradley Johnson
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Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, 2016.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
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10516170
Cataloging source
DLC
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Faludi, Susan
Dewey number
818/.603
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Faludi, Susan
  • Women journalists
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Sex change
  • Male-to-female transsexuals
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
Target audience
adult
Label
In the darkroom, Susan Faludi
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn950751084
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780805089080
Lccn
2016013605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)950751084
Label
In the darkroom, Susan Faludi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn950751084
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
417 pages
Isbn
9780805089080
Lccn
2016013605
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)950751084

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