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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, Charleneopens a beauty shop where Heaven’s women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlenedeftly 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1 HEAVEN, INDIANA, 1964
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 2 DALLAS, TEXAS, 1933
  2. pp. 4-12
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  1. 3 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 1933
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. 4 INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, 1938
  2. pp. 37-41
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  1. 5 CHICAGO, 1941
  2. pp. 42-46
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  1. 6 PARIS, FRANCE, 1944
  2. pp. 47-50
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  1. 7 BELGIUM, 1944
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. 8 HEAVEN, 1945
  2. pp. 65-93
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  1. 9 HEAVEN, 1950
  2. pp. 94-101
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  1. 10 HEAVEN, 1952
  2. pp. 102-105
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  1. 11 HEAVEN, 1954
  2. pp. 106-122
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  1. 12 HEAVEN, 1957
  2. pp. 123-131
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  1. 13 HEAVEN, 1960
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. 14 CHICAGO, 1962
  2. pp. 141-149
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  1. 15 HEAVEN, 1963
  2. pp. 150-201
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  1. 16 HEAVEN, 1964
  2. pp. 202-230
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  1. Excerpt from Heaven, Indiana
  2. pp. 231-254
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  1. Book Club Guide
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 259
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253024107
Related ISBN
9780253024046
MARC Record
OCLC
972780044
Pages
276
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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