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The Open Fiction Book Group - Earth as It Is, Jan Maher

The Open Fiction Book Group reads one paperback novel a month and its discussions are led by local author Ellen Meeropol. The group typically meets the third Monday of each month at  6:00pm. Since the store will officially close at 6:00, please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your book.
 
July 24, 6:00pm - Earth as It Is, Jan Maher
 
It's the 1930s in Texas when Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move on. His efforts lead him to Chicago, where he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession with soft clothes behind. Instead, his wartime experiences combined with the army's faulty record-keeping lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charleneopens a beauty shop where Heaven's women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlenedeftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.
 
Jan Maher is a senior scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, SUNY Plattsburgh.
 
 
 
 
 
Event date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Earth as It Is Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780253024046
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Break Away Book Club Edition - January 23rd, 2017