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With Trans-Sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian, author of the bestseller Midwives, again confronts his very human characters with issues larger than themselves, here tackling the explosive issue of gender.

When Allison Banks develops a crush on Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs most: attention, gentleness, kindness, passion. Her daughter, Carly, enthusiastically witnesses the change in her mother. But then a few months into their relationship, Dana tells Allison his secret: he has always been certain that he is a woman born into the wrong skin, and soon he will have a sex-change operation. Allison, overwhelmed by the depth of her passion, and finds herself unable to leave Dana. By deciding to stay, she finds she must confront questions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carly’s be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lover’s new body—hoping against hope that her love will transcend the physical.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Inspired…. [a] highly original novel…. Impossible to put down. USA Today
  • Trans-Sister Radio…bears Bohjalian’s hallmark: ordinary people in heartbreaking circumstances behaving with grace and dignity…. Speaks directly to the heart. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Bohjalian has…written an interesting [and] ultimately, a quite daring novel, and a worthy successor to Midwives. Like that novel, Trans-Sister Radio challenges readers’ most dearly held notions of biological reality. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “An insightful look at love and sexuality…with great compassion and insight. Los Angeles Times
  • A though-provoking tale with a rich, varied texture…. [An] addictive read. The Denver Post
  • “[A] sexy, exquisitely sympathetic novel…A fascinating read about transsexuals and small-town life.”


  • “A thought-provoking story, on all kinds of levels…[A] fun read, and it raises some very good questions.”


  • “A though-provoking tale with a rich, varied texture…[An] addictive read.”

    Denver Post

  • “Transsexuality goes mainstream in this Scarlet Letter for a softer, gentler but more complicated age…Bohjalian humanizes the transsexual community and explains the complexities of sex and gender in an accessible, evenhanded fashion, making a valuable contribution to a dialogue of social and political import.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Bohjalian’s stock in trade is tapping into the ethical dilemmas of modern day life in a way that shows their human dimensions, the price we pay for being who we are…[Trans-Sister Radio] challenges easy assumptions about love and gender in a way that will keep people talking.”


  • “[Bohjalian] writes well, and constructs his story seamlessly.”

    Washington Post

  • “Eminently readable…[If] you love a speedy read, a look at how the other half lives, and lots of provocative questions and moral mindbenders, then Trans-Sister Radio will come in loud and clear.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Bohjalian is a social scientist accustomed to exposing the stories of people caught in marginal situations they can’t ignore and against which they will be forever measured. In Trans-Sister Radio, he has taken an Erlenmeyer flask, filled it with The People Next Door, added a dash of Transsexual, and stirred…[A] page-turner that sheds a mainstream light on a well-hidden part of America.”

    Lambda Book Report

  • “Love stories are common. Original love stories are rare. Creative and well-told love stories are a treasure. Chris Bohjalian’s new book…fits the latter description…[A] beautifully told story.”

    Fort Wroth Morning Star-Telegram

  • “[Bohjalian] uses his extraordinary gifts for storytelling and character development to delve into further controversial areas—the acceptance (or not) of transsexuals in today’s society and the endless complexities that gender adds to our lives…Bohjalian is a master at exposing the emotions of a highly charged situation and carefully dissecting controversy.”

    Library Journal

  • “In Trans-Sister Radio Bohjalian makes us confront significant matters and consider how they shape our lives.”

    Burlington Free Press

  • “Plausible and entertaining…sincere.”


  • “An insightful look at love and sexuality…with great compassion and insight.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Bohjalian has…written an interesting [and] ultimately, a quite daring novel, and a worthy successor to Midwives. Like that novel, Trans-Sister Radio challenges readers’ most dearly held notions of biological reality.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Trans-Sister Radio…bears Bohjalian’s hallmark: ordinary people in heartbreaking circumstances behaving with grace and dignity…Speaks directly to the heart.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Bohjalian is especially good at domestic scenes and dialogues. As in his earlier stories, he has each major character give expression to his/her individual version of and reaction to what is happening, drawing the reader into their lives and emotional states. It is something like a well-composed opera: First one character sings what is going on, then another has a solo, while a third does a reprise of the plot in a different key.”

    Vermont Sunday Magazine

  • “[Bohjalian] dazzles readers with a compelling story, distinctive characters and yet another highly charged subject…Trans-Sister Radio is a serious novel in its focus on a social issue that most people haven’t confronted, but Bohjalian manages to imbue it with suspense and depth, making it an arresting read.”

    Chattanooga Times and Free Press

  • “Bohjalian explores a charged subject…by creating honest characters who compel us to care about them. He expertly spins a tale that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.”

    Vermont Life

  • “Each character’s voice is distinct and authentic…Bohjalian manages to get at the heart of the story behind the raw material of news headlines—desire and the human longing for a soul mate.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Provocative and insightful, this gender-bending novel will make readers question what it means to be a man or a woman, and how strongly these identities are influenced by biological and cultural pressures.”


  • “A solid, intelligent, and extremely entertaining fictional achievement.”

    William H. Pritchard

  • “Informative, well-researched, and respectful…[A] satisfying romance.”

    Barre Times Argus

  • “One of the most thought-provoking, emotionally charged novels addressing the complications and the triumphs of transsexualism.”

    Windy City Times

  • “Bohjalian doesn’t write novels so much as he weaves them, one thread into the next. The result is a fine tapestry, delicately and perfectly constructed…There’s nothing tawdry or sensational here, unless you believe…that an enjoyable literary work in an age of Harry Potters dominating the bestseller list is a sensation.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “Inspired…[A] highly original novel…Impossible to put down.”

    USA Today

  • “A fascinating and challenging view of relationships and gender.”


  • A 2000 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Transgender Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keely | 2/20/2014

    " SO far this is one of the best books I have ever read. Perhaps because I have a huge interest in human sexuality and social sciences, but I am finding this book so intriguing. Can't wait to finish it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Blanche Ferrar | 2/1/2014

    " another great Bohjalian novel. wonderful twist to the ending. B always amazes with his incredible knowledge of his off beat subjects and his sensitivity and ability to get the reader totally involved in the story and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by cathepsut | 1/29/2014

    " I liked it. I thought Dana came across very well. Each chapter is told by a different person, it gives a nice change of perspective, although I have to agree with a review I read on Amazon - all the characters sound alike, regardless if they are 19 or 37. But still, refreshingly different, with an unexpected ending. I wouldn't mind reading a sequel, to see how the life of those two develops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debra | 1/15/2014

    " I love Bohjalian's writing style. He is good at taking an issue, in this case a trans-sexual, and making the reader question their ethical values. Even though at times he goes into graphic details about the surgery involved in changing genders I found this a fascinating read. "

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