- xiv, 463 pages : photographs, portraits ; 21 cm.
- Abstract: When feminist writer Susan Faludi learned that her seventy-six-year-old father, long estranged and living in Hungary, had undergone sex reassignment surgery, the revelation would launch her on an extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. 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. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful?and virulent?nationhood.Contents: Part I: -- 1. Returns and departures -- 2. Rear window -- 3. The original from the copy -- 4. Home insecurity -- 5. The person you were meant to be -- 6. It's not me anymore -- 7. His body into pieces. Hers -- 8. On the altar of the homeland -- 9. Raday 9 -- Part II: -- 10. Something more and something other -- 11. A lady is a lady whatever the case may be -- 12. The mind is a black box -- 13. Learn to forget -- 14. Some kind of psychic disturbance -- 15. The grand Hotel Royal -- 16. Smitten in the hinder parts -- 17. The subtle poison of adjustment -- 18. You're out of the woods -- 19. The transformation of the patient is without a doubt -- Part III: -- 20. Pity, o God, the Hungarian -- 21. All the female steps -- 22. Paid up -- 23. Getting away with it -- 24. The pregnancy of the world -- 25. Escape.