Justin Vivian Bond
My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
A cross between David Sedaris and Kate Bornstein, Justin Bond’s debut coming of age story begins in hilarity and ends in grace. Discovering recently that he has ADD, Bond vividly recalls his curious first sexual relationship with the boy who bullied him by day, and the girls whose love and friendship made him feel good about being himself.
"Tango is a raw nerve touching an electric soul, a beautiful book, written with honesty, pain, and joy from one of our great modern day shamans." —Sandra Bernhard
“Justin Bond has written a very important book for all of us to read.
Thank you, Justin, for your courage in writing the truth of what you went through as a transgender child in this society. Thank you, also, for your sense of humor. It made the book fun to read as well.” —Yoko Ono
"Tango should be in the hands of every child who can read, and of every adult who cares about that child." —Michael Warner, professor of English at Yale University
“Bond’s fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V’s] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise.” —New York Times
"Reading Tango is like listening to your favorite eccentric cousin or auntie tell you hair-dressing tales of innocence lost and found, friendships forged of adversity, and bullies bewildered by their own perversity. Justin Vivian spins a one-of-a-kind story that you won't be able to put down." —Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw
"When I say Justin Vivian is a true original, what I mean is, Justin doesn't resemble anyone else on the face of the planet. When I say Justin Vivian Bond is touched by genius, I mean exactly that." —Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
"Justin Vivian Bond is a lighting rod, a solid steel structure hin heels that attracts burning chaos and disciplines it into orderly submission. Am I allowed to say that Justin is a God?" —Rufus Wainwright