Picks and Pans Review: Trans-Sister Radio

updated 05/22/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/22/2000 01:00AM

by Chris Bohjalian

Think your love life is complicated? Allison Banks—the divorced teacher at the heart of this new novel from Bohjalian (Midwives)—has fallen hard for her handsome film professor, Dana Stevens. Problem is, he's a transsexual who has decided to become a woman. This causes quite a ruckus, especially for Allison's outraged Vermont neighbors and her ex-husband, though their college-age daughter adjusts easily enough. Much of the book is plausible and entertaining, but too often Radio reads less like fiction than an affable minitreatise on the complex, misunderstood connections between love and gender, private passion and public identity. (Harmony, $24)

Bottom Line: Sincere but pedestrian novel

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