Ladin continues the journey of self from one gender to the next—a journey of the soul in and out of flesh.
"Ladin draws the reader into a world of harsh truths, uncanny beauty, inspired erudition, ironic wit, and cadenced music. . . . Imagination rules, wedding poetic forms to unflinching meditations on human suffering, terror, love, and unbearable loss. Despite the ubiquity of evil and death in her poems, there is, in Yeats’s words, ‘a gaiety transfiguring all that dread.’”"—Herbert Leibowitz
Joy Ladin's previous books include Alternatives to History, The Book of Anna, and Transmigration. She is a Fulbright Scholar and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Ladin is currently working on a study of American modernist poetics while writing a memoir called Inside Out: Confessions of a Woman Caught in the Act of Becoming. She is David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University.