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From Barnes & NobleBestselling author Chris Bohjalian, whose previous audio MIDWIVES was one of Oprah's picks, spins a uniquely contemporary love story in his latest audio, TRANS-SISTER RADIO. Divorced sixth-grade teacher Alison Banks has a smart young daughter, Carly, and a wonderful relationship with Dana, a sensitive, caring man. But Alison's world is thrown abruptly into turmoil when Dana reveals to her that he is going to have a sex-change operation. Alison's initial shock gives way to tolerance as she realizes she is still deeply in love with Dana, in spite of the devastating news. Told in alternating chapters by Carly, Dana, Alison, and Will, Alison's ex-husband, TRANS-SISTER RADIO depicts the situation from every angle, allowing the listener to experience everything firsthand.
Bohjalian explores all the complicated issues surrounding his topic but never descends into anything too preachy. The treatment of gender issues is light and intelligent, and never prevents the audio from being an incredibly entertaining, unusual story. Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, who narrates TRANS-SISTER RADIO, creates three-dimensional characters with her nimble voice, from Dana's appropriately androgynous southern drawl to Carly's intelligent, open tones. Poignant, funny, and sometimes bittersweet, this audiobook is well worth the listen.