Fairest Cover

1. Why do you think the author chose to title the book Fairest?

2. How would you compare the author’s relationship with her mother to her relationship with her grandmother? How about her relationship with her grandmother to her partner Ralph?

3. What do you think is the purpose of the story sometimes jumping forward in time?

4. What are some of the similarities and differences in the way the author perceived herself before she transitioned versus in the scenes after she transitioned?

5. What were some of the disadvantages Talusan had compared with other students when she went to Harvard for college? Did she have any advantages?

6. Why did books and libraries become such a huge source of comfort for the author?

7. Mirrors and bridges appear a lot in the book. What function do you think they serve and is there a connection between them?

8. On page 250 Talusan writes, “I wasn’t in love with two people. I was in love as two people.” What’s your interpretation of her perspective and how does it affect her life?

9.  How has your understanding of transgender experience shifted as a result of reading this memoir?

10. What are the most significant ways in which being albino has affected the author’s life?