In the Darkroom

  • by Susan Faludi
  • Narrated by Laurel Lefkow
  • 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father, and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.
"In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things - obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness."
So begins Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world, and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned her 76-year-old father - long estranged and living in Hungary - had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as "a complete woman now" connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known?
Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her childhood, and her father's many incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful - and virulent - nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals.
Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's metamorphosis self takes her across borders - historical, political, religious, sexual - to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you "choose", or a thing you can't escape?

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What the Critics Say

"Narrator Laurel Lefkow shines most brightly when recounting the most difficult moments of Susan Faludi's life.... This immersive story about a father and daughter illuminates so much more." (AudioFile)

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Intricately insightful study of identity

Where does In the Darkroom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best


What did you like best about this story?

the wry tone, intelligent writing


What does Laurel Lefkow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

good voice for both Susan and Stephani --- brought Stephani to life


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Susan Faludi's compassion for her father and steady sense of her own self throughout...


Any additional comments?

a masterful psychological analysis in historical contexts ...

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- Dida

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio