Susan Faludi examined her father’s sex change and his relationship with the Holocaust in ‘In the Dark Room.’
Acclaimed journalist Susan Faludi knew her father’s temper and his story of survival during the Holocaust. Yet she was still unprepared for her father Steven’s decision to become Stefanie at the age of 76.
A young woman from a strict Orthodox family clashes with her father, leaves home and finds a home of sorts in the “Movement” — first the New Left of the 1960s, then the explosion of radical feminism out of that group’s fed-up female contingent. Her forward-thinking writing and organizing electrifies this new “wave” of feminism, but after infighting and teardowns within its ranks, she finds herself exiled and suffering from mental illness — and despite comrades’ efforts to intervene (efforts that are successful for a time), she ends up dying alone.