Fairest: A Memoir

Fairest: A Memoir

A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender

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 childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful episodes of desirability and love that will remind readers of works such as Call Me By Your Name and Giovanni's Room. Her evocative reflections will shift our own perceptions of love, identity, gender, and the fairness of life.

Title:Fairest: A Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525561309
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    Fairest: A Memoir Reviews

  • Fanna

    May 26, 2020: Happy release day to this Filipino-American, transgender immigrant woman with albinism's coming-of-age memoir focusing on race, class, gender transition, sexuality, immigration and disab...

  • Casey the Reader

    Thanks to Viking Books for the free advance copy of this book. Meredith Talusan was born a boy with albinism in the Philippines. After a childhood of being treated like a public spectacle, Talusan imm...

  • Nicholas

    MEREDITH! Ugh. I loved this book. Fairest is Meredith Talusan’s memoir as a Filipino boy, a gay man, and transgender woman. From beginning to end she bares everything about her past, her struggles, ...

  • Torrey Peters

    There's plenty of criticism of trans memoir out there (see Casey Plett's essay in The Walrus), so I don't need to rehash it here, suffice to say, it is a pleasure to read a trans memoir in which the t...

  • Max

    Ok, I had always harbored a vague affection for meredith because of that article where Jacob and alok bag on Meredith so hard. I now realize that coming across likable compared to Jacob “you’re of...

  • Hunter

    One of the best memoirs I’ve read. I loved every word. Cannot wait for this to come out so I can give it to everyone. ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    Nothing of existence is binary, and Meredith Talusan excavates the complicated intersections of her own identity in this exquisite, unapologetic gem of a memoir.FAIREST is close to linear, but shifts ...

  • Samantha

    Thanks to Viking for this free copy!3.5 stars. There is a lot of story in Meredith Talusan's memoir. As a Filipino-American immigrant, albino, trans woman, she tells her coming-of-age story at the int...

  • Kathleen Gray

    An absolutely wonderful memoir than defies characterization. It's often hard to review memoirs because it feels as though you are critiquing someone's life and life choices but this one- this one was ...

  • Beth Loflin

    This is a great memoir. Put aside your beliefs of gay, lesbian, trans and just appreciate the human story that this author writes. I applaud her for being able to find her true self in a VERY ugly and...