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By: Elba Barnes

Transcending Me

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This breathlessly compulsive novel, by turns savage and tender, funny and wise, horrifying and uplifting, tells the story of Aloisio, born male in Latin America, who is convinced from an early age that she is a woman in a man’s body. Moving to the United States to work in the theatre, the butterfly emerges; she finds love and her place in the world, but also depravity and danger, as the book’s narrator, Aloisio—Holly to her friends—navigates the ups and downs of her life with style, wit, perceptive intelligence and blazing honesty.Taking inspiration from the impact of transgenderism on the women’s movement, Elba Barnes has created a wonderfully rich, fully alive protagonist and surrounded her with a supporting cast of vividly realised characters.

Coming from a third world country, the author lives a very quiet family life in Switzerland with her daughter Viviana, a cat called Gatti and all of her paintings. The squareness of her life as a businesswoman is challenged by world events, the news, and is made colorful by her paintings and by some real-life characters who inevitably cross her way.

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