My Brother My Sister

Story of a Transformation

By Molly Haskell
(Viking, Hardcover, 9780670025527, 213pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2013

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A feminist film critic's thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family
On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married, he had decided to become a woman. In the vein of Jan Morris's classic "Conundrum "and "Jennifer Finney Boylan's She's Not There, "a transgender memoir, Haskell's "My Brother My Sister "gracefully explores a delicate subject, this time from the perspective of a family member.
Haskell chronicles her brother Chevey's transformation through a series of psychological evaluations, grueling surgeries, drug regimens, and comportment and fashion lessons as he becomes Ellen. Despite Haskell's liberal views on gender roles, she was dumbfounded by her brother's decision. With candor and compassion, she charts not only her brother's journey to becoming her sister, but also her own path from shock, confusion, embarrassment, and devastation to acceptance, empathy, and love.
Haskell widens the lens on her brother's story to include scientific and psychoanalytic views. In an honest, informed voice, she has revealed the controversial world of gender reassignment and transsexuals from both a personal and a social perspective in this frank and moving memoir.

About the Author
Molly Haskell is a film critic and has been an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir Love and Other Infectious Diseases and three books of film criticism. She lives in New York City.
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