- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Dell (October 2, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440213746
- ISBN-13: 978-0440213741
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,106,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
This lurid but ultimately unfulfilling exploration of gender identity paradoxically uses a single character to underscore the differences between men and women. After passing out drunk one night while dancing topless, Frankie de Leon awakens the next morning possessed by a man's personality. Shrugging this off as a manifestation of the alcoholism that has been consuming Frankie's life, boyfriend Terry Connor humors the confused stripper by helping him/her piece together the events of the last day. Frankie's change might involve some paranormal event that transposed her personality with that of a stripjoint patron who passed out at the same time. The author intimates the more plausible explanation of a personality disorder. Terry's patience with Frankie soon erodes. Frankie leaves, only to return after privately resolving to come to grips with his/her "new" body and to make Terry pay by exploiting his growing obsession with the stranger who used to be his lover. Blumlein ( The Brains of Rats ) is often perceptive regarding the condition of a male mind in a female body in a man's world, but he shows inadequate sensitivity to the plight of his hero/heroine and women in general.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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There are attempts at moving beyond the commercial novel form with some insertions of medical texts that explain the transformation by blending reality and fantasy. Read in the right light, it does illuminate slightly on the interpretation of the text, but really does not move the story and will probably bog down less adventurous readers.
As fresh and interesting as his short fiction is, I found Blumlein's novel a mild dissapointment.