10 journalers for this copy...
from the back...
"With TRANS-SISTER RADIO, Chris Bohjalian, best selling author of MIDWIVES, again confronts his very human characters with issues larger than they are, tackling here the explosive issue of gender.
When schoolteacher Allison Banks develops a crush on professor Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs most: gentleness, kindness, passion. Her daughter, Carly, enthusiastically witnesses the change in her mother. But a few months into their relationship, Dana tells Allison his secret: he has always been certain that he is a woman born into the wrong skin, and is considering a sex-change operation. Allison, overwhelmed by the depth of her love, finds herself unable to leave him--but, by deciding to stay, she must face questions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carly's be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of her Vermont community and come to terms with her lover's new sense of self--and hope against hope that their love will transcend their ingrained notions of what it means to be a man and a woman."
I read this book years ago. I came across it at the book store recently and HAD to buy it. It's one of those books that you think about from time to time and the story never leaves you. I've just finished re reading it. Thought provoking, touching, and enlightening.
This is my first attempt at hosting a bookray and I'm excited to share this book. The order of the ray is as follows:
kobie03 - Canada
Guinneth - New Hampshire
JenKazoo - Louisiana
Scoobs-buddy - Kentucky
kindkat - Pennsylvania
onniManni - Finland
amberC - Australia
Midlifecrisis - UK
Vamperstein8782 - UK
Thanks to all of you who participated!
Thanks to all of you for joining and I hope you enjoy!
Journal Entry 3
By mail in By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, December 06, 2007
Released 11 yrs ago (12/7/2007 UTC) at By mail in By mail, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
on my way to kobie03...first stop on my bookray travels.
Book arrived yesterday and I've already started reading it, it's so very interesting.
What an enlighting read, such a difficult topic written about compassionately so you see everyone's point of view. this story will stay with me for a while.thank you cafekat for sharing this thought-provoking book.
In the mail today to Guinneth.
Received this yesterday - thanks, kobie03. I just have to finish the book I'm in the middle of and then I will start in. I am really looking forward to this, as I'm a big fan of Bohjalian's Midwives
I didn't find this anywhere near as compelling as Midwives, but it was a fairly good read nonetheless. Bohjalian does a good job creating characters who I enjoy "listening" to. Unfortunately I felt like the story just sort of petered out and then simply...ended, which was mildly annoying. The gender issues explored were, of course, interesting, but I don't feel like I gained any new insight.
Still, I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. Thank you, cafekat, for sharing. This will be on its way to JenKazoo as soon as I have an address for her.
I finally got this mailed yesterday - I apologize for the delay.
Del. conf.# 0306 2400 0002 0785 7699
I just got the book. I will begin reading it tonight!
I finished the book today. Now I can officially add Chris Bohjalian to my list of favorite authors. I read The Double Bind this summer and loved it so I was excited to read another one of his books.
I thought Tran-Sister Radio was incredibly interesting. I love NPR and All Things Considered so it was a little bonus to the story for me. The only problem I had was that it seemed like all of the characters' voices, or points of view, were the same. Since it was told from the point of view of different people at different times I felt like I should have been able to discern definite differences in their way of speaking or thinking. It felt like it was told by a general narrator rather than several people. Their voices just got lost within each other. It was a good idea to try and convey each person's unique perspective throughout the book, but to me, it just sounded like it was all told from one person...I guess what I am trying to say is it didn't seem like anyone's unique personality was able to shine through the way I would have liked.
That said, I truly did enjoy the book and its theme. I went out and bought another of his books, Before You Know Kindness, yesterday at a used bookshop. I'll probaby end up making it a bookring when I am done so watch out for it!
Sending to Scoobs-Buddy tomorrow...packaged, addressed, sealed, and ready to go!
It's here! Can't wait to begin reading it- I'm almost finished with the book I'm reading and then will get right to this one. Thanks!
I wasn't expecting to read it as quick as I have - but its a can't put down kinda book. Two thumbs up to Chris Bohjalian for a story filled with compassion and insight. cafekat- many thanks to you for sharing it!
Great characters + excellent story = a very compelling must-read book
I've contacted kindkat for a mailing address and will mail soon as I have that
Journal Entry 12
Mailed to another Bookcrosser in -- Mail or by hand -rings, RABCK, meetings, Kentucky USA on Thursday, March 27, 2008
Released 10 yrs ago (3/27/2008 UTC) at Mailed to another Bookcrosser in -- Mail or by hand -rings, RABCK, meetings, Kentucky USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
time for this book to go visit kindkat
usps del conf- 0306 3030 0002 5606 4750
Caught this book as part of a Book Ray. I'm close to finishing it and have enjoyed it a lot. I have a friend who is a M2F transsexual and much of what I'm reading echoes her experiences. Definitely well-researched and sensitively written. Thanks for sharing it with me! I hope to be sending it on by the end of next week.
Great story, I loved it! Will be getting it in the mail tomorrow on its way to Finland.
Book arrived today safely in Pori Finland. Thanks cafekat and kindkat!
I did like the way the novel was written. CB has a nice writing style. The story is so thought provoking. It handled not only the transsexuality but how other people see and feel the situation and how it affects them. I will certainly read more novels by CB.
Thanks cafekat for charing this interesting novel! I will send it tomorrow to amberC.
Arrived today, along with a couple of other bookrings. Why do they always arrive at the same time, even when they come from all corners of the earth?
I liked the way the story was written from various points of view. I didn't find it as compelling as Midwives or The Law of Similars but Bohjalian always comes up with interesting, thought-provoking topics.
Thanks for sharing. It will be posted to Midlifecrisis on my way home from work today. It will be travelling by slow boat so may take a while.
Thank you amberC, the book arrived today. Will read and journal as soon as possible.
A terrific book - thank you so much for introducing me to this author. It offered many more perspectives than I had previously considered on the whole issue of transsexuality and showed how we cannot be filed under neat categories. Also I was really hoping for the ending which actually happened, which was a nice conclusion. I had never heard of Chris Bohjalian before, so will be looking out for more of his (or her?) books. Thank you very much for including me in this ray. I will journal again as soon as it's on its way to Vamperstein.
Wrapped and ready for posting to Vamperstein tomorrow.
Journal Entry 22
on Friday, September 05, 2008
Safely received, thanks for passing on Midlifecrisis. Also thank you for the great postcard - a mole in a dingy; what fun!
Journal Entry 23
on Thursday, September 11, 2008
I must admit that once I actually looked at the book I couldn't for the life of me understand why I'd signed up for this as it's not the sort of thing I'd usually be even remotely interested in! But, I'm nothing if not open-minded and if a book arrives on my doorstep then who am I to argue with the wisdom of the Universe?
I actually really enjoyed this (with the exception of the rather detailed bit about the operation) and even when the final outcome was becoming rather aparent it still wasn't written in the blatently obvious way that most authors would have used. I look forward to getting the chance to read more of Chris Bohjalian's work.
As I'm the last on the Ray I'm popping this in to the "Anything Under The Sun" bookbox.