CECILIA GENTILI - "FALTAS" BOOK
A rich and moving epistolary memoir about transgender childhood, sexual trauma, motherhood, and a young queer life in 1970s Argentina
With advance praise from:
JANET MOCK, AUTHOR OF REDEFINING REALNESS:
“A painstaking, personal and power-filled manifesto for survivors and trans women and anyone dreaming and yearning on the margins. Faltas is as intentional, resilient, original and acerbic as its activist author.”
EDMUND WHITE, AUTHOR OF A BOY’S OWN STORY:
“Cecilia Gentili is a brilliant writer whose Faltas (which is Spanish for “errors”) are infallible reports from the front lines of trans literature. She has so much courage and grit and is outrageously daring. The villains and saints in her childhood and adolescence she evokes with truth and humour. This book is irresistible.”
TORREY PETERS, AUTHOR OF DETRANSITION, BABY:
“These are bewitching accounts that do everything all at once: accuse, forgive, mock, heal, teach, seduce; stories that transcend classification and reality even as they tell hard truths. Cecilia Gentili is a singular voice that you can’t miss.”
MORGAN M PAGE, WRITER, FRAMING AGNES:
“Cecilia Gentili is a born storyteller — her voice jumps from every page. Her humour and warmth disarm you before sudden turns into the shocking and accusatory. Faltas pulsates with the same thrill as listening in secretly to a phone call, opening someone else's mail, reading a strangers' diary. You know it's wrong but you would do anything to keep going.”
In these hilarious and heartbreaking letters, Cecilia Gentili reinvents the trans memoir, putting the confession squarely between the writer and her enemies, paramours and friends.
Writing to childhood figures such as her rapist’s daughter, her father’s mistress, her best friend, and her mother, Gentili probes deeply into the bitter cruelty, buried secrets, and delicious gossip of a small town.
Is she here for revenge, or forgiveness? Both! And more! A story of sex, theft, murder, motherhood, and outrageous fashion choices, Faltas is a beautiful, messy meditation on what it takes to heal, and even grow.
ABOUT CECILIA GENTILI
Originally from Argentina, Cecilia Gentili came to the USA pursuing a safer life as a transgender woman. She lived undocumented for 10 years, hustling doing sex work which came with drug use. After surviving arrests and an immigration detention, she accessed recovery services and won asylum. She subsequently served as Director of Policy at Gay Men’s Health Crisis and founded Transgender Equity Consulting, which works to ensure all people living on the margins receive dignity and respect. A storyteller and actress, Cecilia has appeared in FX's Pose and her own one-woman show. Faltas is her first book.
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