Book ‘Fairest’ by Meredith Talusan

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Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction. “Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs.” — The New York Times Book Review. “A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival.” — Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A love story with the heart of Austen classics and a reflective journey of becoming that shift our own perceptions of romance, identity, gender, and the fairness of life. Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Talusan found comfort from her devoted grandmother…

Publisher: Penguin Books (June 8, 2021); Pages: 320 pages; ISBN-10: 0525561323; ISBN-13: 978-0525561323; ASIN:‎ B07ZC5KGVM

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Author’s biography: Meredith Talusan (she/they) is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Fairest from Viking/Penguin Random House, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Nation, WIRED, SELF, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other publications, and her fiction is published or forthcoming in GuernicaBoston ReviewThe Rumpus, Grand, and BLR. She has received awards from GLAAD, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently contributing editor.