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The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt: A Memoir of Androgyny
Jon-Jon Goulian’s witty and exuberant voice shines through, in his hilarious and heartfelt memoir, as he comes to terms with what it means to truly be yourself.
Despite being blessed with a privileged and liberal upbringing, Jon-Jon Goulian was a hyperneurotic kid who felt out of place wherever he turned, and who, in his own words, was forever on the verge of “caving in beneath the pressures of modern life”.
A “cross-dressing literary sensation” (The New York Times), Jon-Jon spent his late teens, twenties and thirties somewhat adrift – he has a law degree he has hardly used and then there’s the skirt and nail polish wearing as well as the army of stuffed toys that go with him to work.
Praise for The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt:
The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt is an enjoyable and compassionate memoir that – importantly – highlights the lack of public discussion of gender identity, and also the difficulty with which we approach it…Discussing it is important to young readers as well as society as a whole.REBECCA FITZGIBBON, SUNDAY TASMANIAN
Far more more than a book about androgyny, this is a sensitive, unexpectedly funny memoir about the pressure of growing up in America today, from a man who seems to care deeply about his family but is overwhelmed at living up to their expectations.HELENA DE BERTODANO, THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)