May 22, 2000 12:00 PM

by Chris Bohjalian

Think your love life is complicated? Allison Banks—the divorced teacher at the heart of this new novel from Bohjalian (Midwives)—has fallen hard for her handsome film professor, Dana Stevens. Problem is, he’s a transsexual who has decided to become a woman. This causes quite a ruckus, especially for Allison’s outraged Vermont neighbors and her ex-husband, though their college-age daughter adjusts easily enough. Much of the book is plausible and entertaining, but too often Radio reads less like fiction than an affable minitreatise on the complex, misunderstood connections between love and gender, private passion and public identity. (Harmony, $24)

Bottom Line: Sincere but pedestrian novel

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