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Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga has been called "a masterpiece" by Ann Patchett. When the feminist writer learned that her seventy-six-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 claimed to be "a complete woman now" connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who'd built his career on the alteration of images? Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father's many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's reinvented 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 is it the very thing you can't escape? - A finalist for a Kirkus Prize