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978-0-312-26921-0 / 0312269218

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine

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Publisher:Picador

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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"Theres no news like hearing irrefutable proof that youre not the sole cause of your parents woes, your fathers drinking, your unshakable feeling that youre not put together quite right and finding out the problem all along was your fathers unrequited yearning for angora." Noelle Howey from Dress Codes

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her fathers brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into a little lady. At age 14, Noelles mom told her the family secret straight out: Dad likes to wear womens clothes.

As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, further confused by the male and female role models she had as a girl, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed foronly now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick. Could becoming a woman make her father a completely different person? With edgy humor, courage, and remarkable sensitivity, Noelle Howey challenges all of our beliefs in what constitutes gender and a normal family.

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