Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods – My Mother’s, My Father’s, and Mine.

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods – My Mother’s, My Father’s, and Mine.

This memoir explores the family life of a daughter and her pre-and post-transitioning father.

Author: Noelle Howey Source: Picador USA Origin Country: United States Publish Date: 2002 Publication City: New York, NY Languages: .Resource Type: , .Target Audiences: , . Last Modified: 2009-08-12

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her father’s brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into “a little lady.” At age 14, Noelle’s mom let her buy a pair of Guess jeans that she had been coveting. Then, staring straight at the car windshield on the way home from the mall, her mom finally blurted out the family secret: “Dad likes to wear women’s 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 for — only now outfitted with 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.

332 pages
hardcover
ISBN: 0-312-42258-X