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Fairest : a memoir / Meredith Talusan.

Talusan, Meredith, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780525561309
  • ISBN: 0525561307
  • ISBN: 9780525561323
  • ISBN: 0525561323
  • Physical Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2020]

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Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Bridges of light -- Part one. Sun child, 1980-1990 -- Part two. Harvard man, 1993-1997 -- Part three. Lady Wedgwood, 2000-2002.
Summary, etc.:
"A heartrending immigrant memoir and a uniquely intersectional coming-of-age story of a life lived in duality and the in-between, and how one navigates through race, gender, and the search for love."-- Provided by publisher.
"Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a "sun child" from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Talusan found comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white, and further access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and queerness. Questioning the boundaries of gender, Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful episodes of desirability and love that will remind readers of works such as Call Me By Your Name and Giovanni's Room"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Talusan, Meredith > Childhood and youth.
Harvard University > Students > Biography.
Transgender youth > United States > Biography.
Transgender women > United States > Biography.
Filipino American youth > Biography.
Gay college students > Massachusetts > Biography.
Immigrant children > United States > Biography.
People with albinism > United States > Biography.
People with albinism > Philippines > Biography.
Gender identity > United States > Psychological aspects.
Transgender youth.
Transgender people.
LGBTQ+ youth.
Trans women.
Gender identity.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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