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A great, unexpected story about identity, family, judaism, the war, Hungary. About being a daughter in the most unusual family. Lovingly told, a perceptive history of a man unknown to his daughter, turned into a woman seeking contact with the lost daughter. Perfectly performed.
Susan Faludi's autobiographical bestseller juxtaposes feminist theory with the transgender change of her father who seems to reinforce gender stereotypes while attempting to establish her own identity.
Her father's confusion over what she believed to be 'female', at the same time denying an abusive past and surviving the holocaust, highlights the troubles of adopting another identity as a form of escape.
Faludi's attempt to understand her father, however, is deeply moving - trying to process her previous actions with her past and her present is an account that many can relate to. Her passion to find out the enigma that is her father is commendable and there were many times I shed a tear listening to this tale of much sorrow.
The reader is fantastic, especially reading in Hebrew and Hungarian. It really is a masterpiece of writing and will go down as an important piece of literature for this decade.