Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This post comes from M. in the call for entries post. Thanks M.!
Lipshitz 6 or Two Angry Blondes by T. Cooper
The author is a trans man. It inspires me because it a really good story about understanding the weird quirks of your family. Cooper's book is fiction but the way the story is written he is incorporated into it. T. Cooper contributes to our cultural narrative by being Jewish, transgendered, and a wonderful author. His story has parts in the "old country" Russia during a time when being Jewish was a crime in itself, and follows the story of one family who loses one of their children. The Matron of the family begins to believe that her lost child is Charles Lindbergh and becomes obsessed with this idea. It begins with the first generation of the family and moves on to the most recent generation where T. Cooper learns of his great-grandmothers obsession. It is relevant today because it deals with issues in today's world, including a part where the author/narrator finds himself in the hospital, being questioned about his i.d. card gender and his day-to-day gender, i.e. his i.d. card says female, but he presents male to the world, he even has a "wife." This book is one of many that I keep coming back to read.
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