|From the Publisher:
From the bestselling author of She’s Not There comes another buoyant, unforgettable memoir—I’m Looking Through You is about growing up in a haunted house...and making peace with the ghosts that dwell in our hearts.
For Jennifer Boylan, creaking stairs, fleeting images in the mirror, and the remote whisper of human voices were everyday events in the Pennsylvania house in which she grew up in the 1970s. But these weren’t the only specters beneath the roof of the mansion known as the “Coffin House.” Jenny herself—born James—lived in a haunted body, and both her mysterious, diffident father and her wild, unpredictable sister would soon become ghosts to Jenny as well.
I’m Looking Through You is an engagingly candid investigation of what it means to be “haunted.” Looking back on the spirits who invaded her family home, Boylan launches a full investigation with the help of a group of earnest, if questionable, ghostbusters. Boylan also examines the ways we find connections between the people we once were and the people we become. With wit and eloquence, Boylan shows us how love, forgiveness, and humor help us find peace—with our ghosts, with our loved ones, and with the uncanny boundaries, real and imagined, between men and women.
The author describes growing up in a haunted Pennsylvania house, the influence of her experiences on her own transgender life, and how to make peace with our ghosts, our loved ones, and the boundaries between men and women in our society.
Transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan grew up in a haunted house in Pennsylvania, filled with strange sounds and apparitions. She also was also haunted by her secret sense of herself as truly being a woman even though she was biologically born as a boy. Years later, with a team of paranormal investigators, she returns to her childhood home to explore the mysteries of the house, and of her own past. This unlikely pairing of the supernatural with sexual identity leads to an utterly fascinating--and surprisingly funny--memoir that explores the complex ways in which we all are "haunted" by our families, by our childhoods, and even by ourselves.