Earth As It Is by Jan MaherEarth As It Is by Jan Maher

Earth As It Is

byJan Maher

Paperback | January 23, 2017

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It's the 1930s in Texas when Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move on. His efforts lead him to Chicago, where he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession with soft clothes behind. Instead, his wartime experiences combined with the army's faulty record-keeping lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charlene opens a beauty shop where Heaven's women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlene deftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.

Jan Maher is a senior scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, SUNY Plattsburgh.
Title:Earth As It IsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 23, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253024048

ISBN - 13:9780253024046


Table of Contents

1. Heaven, Indiana 1964
2. Dallas, Texas 1933
3. Chicago, Illinois 1933
4. Indianapolis, Indiana 1938
5. Chicago, 1941
6. Paris, France 1944
7. Belgium, 1944
8. Heaven, 1945
9. Heaven, 1950
10. Heaven, 1952
11. Heaven, 1954
12. Heaven, 1957
13. Heaven, 1960
14. Chicago, 1962
15. Heaven, 1963
16. Heaven, 1964
Heaven, Indiana
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Editorial Reviews

"The luminous story of Charlie/Charlene delves into what it means to be a man or a woman-it wraps the reader up in the warm, loving, gossipy, and sometimes uncomfortable world of women in a small town beauty salon. Jan Maher captures the essence of complex, memorable characters and reflects both ordinary and extraordinary lives in mid-20th century America." -Julie Weston, author of Moonshadows