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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.

“In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things?obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.”

So begins Susan Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned her seventy-six-year-old father?long estranged and living in Hungary?had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known?

Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her childhood and her father’s many 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. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals.

Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis self takes her across borders?historical, political, religious, sexual—to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or a thing you can’t escape?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping and honest personal journey.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An absolute stunner of a memoir―probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you’d never expect.”

    New York Times

  • “In this riveting book about a very complicated subject, Ms. Faludi…does a remarkable job tracking down the truth about her father, a person of multiple and contradictory identities…Ms. Faludi unfolds her father’s story like the plot of a detective novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Penetrating and lucid…In the Darkroom is Faludi’s rich, arresting, and ultimately generous investigation of her father.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Faludi’s eloquent, timely, and sweeping-yet-intimate new book…is a mash-up of genres and themes about family secrets, masculinity and femininity, feminism, violence, the Holocaust, taking revenge. Knitting it all together are questions of identity: Who―or what―makes us who and what we are? How immutable is the end result?”


  • “Sometimes, reality delivers up not just a remarkable story, but a remarkable story containing a set of parallel motifs that seem too absurdly perfect to be credible…Most of In the Darkroom, and the best of it, consists of the epic battle, and eventually the epic rapprochement, between Susan and [her father] Stefánie―an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.”


  • “Extraordinary. Part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity…In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. It is also highly significant…We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity―with too little of Susan Faludi’s humane desire to understand.”

    National Book Review

  • “Remarkable, moving, and courageous.”

    Guardian (London)

  • A 2016 Kirkus Prize Finalist
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