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Sergio Y. (Paperback)

    By Alexandre Vidal Porto, Alex Ladd (Translator)
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    Honestly, I wasn't sure what to make of this novel at first, but Porto's story-telling is sensitive, caring, and unsparing, drawing me in. Renowned Sao Paulo psychologist Armando can't let one particular patient go after hearing of their untimely demise. What seemed an ordinary case of misguided youth (and turns out to be just that), haunts Armando - he never saw the diagnosis coming - but once Sergio grasps their true name, Sandra, Armando can't let go of what he missed. A beautiful meditation on the fluidities of gender, and the happiness that can come from seeming tragedy.

    — From Ashanti


    Winner of the Paran Literary Prize for Best Novel

    Sergio Y. is a prize-winning inspirational work of fiction about gender, identity, self-reinvention, what it means to live a full life, and the search for happiness.

    Armando, one of the most renowned therapists in S o Paulo, is nearing the end of a long, illustrious career. Against his better judgment he agrees to take on a new patient: Sergio, the teenage son of a wealthy Brazilian businessman. Sergio suffers from malaise and his parents are concerned. But after a number of sessions, Sergio abruptly interrupts his course of therapy following a trip to New York, saying only that he has found his own path to happiness and must pursue it alone.

    Though perplexed, and somewhat annoyed, Armando lets the matter rest without further ado. That is, until he learns from Sergio's mother that the boy has moved to New York and is transitioning. Sergio is becoming Sandra.

    How could he have missed that? Something so big? An accomplished therapist like him, how could he not have seen...

    Armando embarks on a journey to discover the truth about his former patient and about himself. Along the way, he will learn that compassion is sometimes conveyed in the most mysterious ways.

    Through understated prose, Sergio Y. approaches the transgender experience from the inside and the outside.

    About the Author

    Alexandre Vidal Porto was born in São Paulo. A career diplomat, a Harvard-trained lawyer, and a human rights activist, he writes a regular column for Folha de S. Paulo. His fiction has appeared in some of the most respected literary publications in Brazil and also abroad. Sergio Y. was the winner of the Parana Literary Prize for best novel. Alex Ladd's translations include The Mystery of Rio, by Alberto Mussa (Europa Editions), Life As It Is by Nelson Rodrigues (Host Publications, 2009), The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues (Nova Fronteira, 2007), and Nestor Campoeira's The Little Capoeira Book (North Atlantic Books). He lives in New York.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781609453275
    ISBN-10: 1609453271
    Publisher: Europa Editions
    Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
    Pages: 160
    Language: English