Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not

Creative Nonfiction by Queer Writers

Edited by Jim Van Buskirk and Jim Tushinski

Hardcover and Trade Paperback, 267 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2007

Ever wish you were someone else? Why would a lesbian raised in a Jewish home have a sudden desire to be a tough-talking Catholic girl? And why would a gay man travel to Ireland in a desparate attempt to escape his "hillbilly" roots?

Identity Envy: Wanting to Be Who We're Not explores the connections gay men and lesbians have to religions, races, ethnicities, classes, families of origin, and genders not their own. This unique anthology takes both humorous and serious looks at the identities of others as queer writers explore their own identity envies in personal essays, memoirs, and other creative nonfiction. Visit the book's Web site for excerpts and more information.
An entertaining and enlightening collection of personal essays...The writers take on matters of class, race, religion, regional differences, and so much moreā€”all with intelligence, insight, and compelling honesty. - Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection

Read this interview with Jim Van Buskirk and Identity Envy contributor Joan Annsfire in J: The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Jim reveals his recent discovery that he is Jewish after all.

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