This finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi is an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. This book discussion serves as a companion to the film “Keep Quiet,” recently screened at FJC.
Is identity something you “choose,” or is it the very thing you can’t escape? Join a continued exploration of these questions as we delve into Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world as seen through the lens of her father’s return to his native Hungary and his sex reassignment surgery. When Faludi chases the mystery of her father’s transformation, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country determined to repress its past and construct a fanciful – a virulent – nationhood.