By Tina Jordan
June 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

In the Darkroom

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Back in 2004, after she’d been estranged from him for almost a quarter century, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi got an email from her father announcing her gender-confirmation surgery. “Despite our long alienation, I thought I understood enough of my father’s character to have had some inkling of an inclination this profound,” Faludi writes. “I had none.” So she began traveling to Hungary to talk with her dad, morphing from daughter to investigative reporter as she tried to reconcile her memories of the father she remembered as “an imperious patriarch” named Steven with the gentler, pearl-earringed Stéfanie. It’s a gripping and honest personal journey—bolstered by reams of research—that ultimately transcends family and addresses much bigger questions of identity and reinvention. A–

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