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Book Title: Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude|
Date of issue: October 8th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780679456520
The author of the book: Amy Bloom
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 382 KB
Edition: Random House
Read full description of the books Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude:There were a lot of passages that had me ready to give this book up, but this was the one that finally did me in:
"So you're the writer. Well, I'd say you pass pretty well," Felicity tells me. I smile pleasantly, as if I am not offended, as if I didn't think he intended to offend me. "Well," he says heartily, and then clears his throat twice and stares at my silk pants. "You gals just get to crossdress all the time and no one says boo." He sounds furious that life is so easy for me and so hard for him...
...but because he is a minister, and even more because he is dressed as and representing someone named Felicity, he cannot be direct or angry; he has to try to convey a serene and gracious femininity regardless of his feelings and the oddness of the setting, which is as hard for him to do as it would be for me.
This was where I decided that I was tired of seeing the author convey her own biases against the community she was writing about. The man in this scene who says "You gals just get to crossdress all the time and no one says boo," is being direct (and, I would say, tactfully angry). There are no hidden womanly ways here, or attempts to sidestep an issue, or botched feminine graciousness. This is just a direct and frustrated individual, doing a bang up job of expressing his feelings.
Previous moments that had me questioning the book were all the times that Bloom enters a scene and plays a game of "spot the deviant." She is regularly scanning crowds, trying to pick out who is gay, who is trans, who is the cross dress.
Spoiler alert! They are un-spottable, Bloom, because as your title puts it for you, they are normal. Maybe later in the book, Bloom shows self-reflection in realizing how outdated it was of her to try and peg someone mannish as being trans; I don't know. All I know is that this book frustrated more than it enlightened me, and had me giving up 45% of the way through it.
Read information about the authorAmy Bloom is the author of "Come to Me," a National Book Award finalist; "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You," nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Love Invents Us"; and "Normal." Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University.
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