It was once believed that the seahorse changed sexes, from male to female. In Seahorse Variations, by Thomas Boggs, that single theme undergoes eight fascinating transformations, as boys turn into girls, men change themselves into women, and genders are blended in a delightful fashion. From the Hans Christian Andersen-like fairy tale of "The Girl in the Mirror" to the William S. Burroughsian "Space Opus Alpha," each version is written in a style to match its subject. Along the way, the reader is treated to the campy confessions of a part-time transvestiteto a wicked literary parody of a once-famous prose styleto the Woody Allen-esque tribulations of a young man who wakes up one morning as a young woman. Like the fabulous creature of its title, Seahorse Variations is a unique and eccentric creation, which, once encountered, is absolutely unforgettable.
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