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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Prior to this novel, the only thing I had read from author Chris Bohjalian was his best-selling Midwives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by doctor_beth
I always love Chris Bohjalian books, and have read Transister Radios before, I liked it so much I bought it again and gifted it to a friend.Published 2 months ago by Juliet R. Smith
Love this author, another story with depth and facts that were very enlightening
about Transexuals. Great Read that keeps you turning pages.
This book is sensitively and lyrically written. I was moved by the read. I recommend this author to anyone with an open mind.Published 3 months ago by Doggeman
I enjoyed this novel that was both informative as well as thought provoking. it helped me view this issue from a perspective I might otherwise never have.Published 3 months ago by Catherine Chaplain
I really enjoyed this book. It is an emotional and thought compelling story. This was the first novel I read by Mr. Bohjalian and it made me an instant fan.Published 5 months ago by Lorweeja
Using a subject that is not a part of most people's experience, Chris Bohjalian has woven another compassionate, thought-provoking, non-judgmental and informative tapestry of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by california grandma