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Fairest by Meredith Talusan

Fairest

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Fairest by Meredith Talusan
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May 26, 2020 | ISBN 9780525561309
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“A searching, rigorously self-examining memoir, Fairest grapples beautifully and seriously with questions of gender, race, colorism, migration, colonialism, queerness, privilege, class, and belonging.  A debut luminous with insight.”
—R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries


Fairest is a powerful panoptic memoir which frames the totality of a life being lived, not just the fractions of it. It’s a love story, a queer story, an immigrant story, an American story, a coming of age story—a revolutionary story. A most necessary and important book in a world which aims to other us from not just who we are, but who we are meant to become.” 
Amber Tamblyn, author of Era of Ignition

“Meredith Talusan has written a truly brilliant memoir with sparkling sentences, navigating incredibly complex questions of privilege with ease and candor. Everything here feels true and necessary–a rare literary accomplishment. I’ll recommend this book to my queer family and my Arkansan family alike, and to students who want to know why we continue to believe in the power of memoir.” 
—Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

Fairest is a deeply humane, beautifully powerful memoir that resists easy categorization. It is a story, after all, about Talusan’s heroic refusal to accept simplistic and harmful narratives about the body–as a trans person, an immigrant to America, and a white-skinned Filipina. Talusan’s acrobatic feat here is to create an accessible and sophisticated negotiation of identity on a national and geopolitical scale that hews beautifully to a nuanced, coming-of-age story of love and loss and finding oneself in the wreckage that will surely resonate with readers of all backgrounds. A gorgeous and necessary memoir.” 
—Thomas Page McBee, author of Man Alive and Amateur

“Meredith Talusan’s Fairest is a story of crossing boundaries—of race, of gender, of convention. In this wise and brilliant memoir, she travels from one side of the globe to the other—but more profoundly, she takes us to the center of her passionate, fiery heart. Fairest is a gorgeous, gnarly addition to the canon of transgender memoir.”
—Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Shes Not There and Good Boy

“Gorgeously written, exquisitely perceptive, and flagrantly new, Fairest tells of a life in pursuit of beauty— of the flesh, of literature and music, and the beauty of becoming one’s self in all complexity. Meredith Talusan’s coming of age story is also a coming of identity, as she navigates her life first as a gay man, then as a trans woman, and always as a white-passing, albino Filipino-American, refracted through the eyes of others and ultimately through her own. There is much to learn here about identity, and so very much pleasure in the written word.” 
—Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body

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