What is "Normal"?
Amy Bloom is the author of a novel, Love Invents Us, and two collections of stories: Come to Me, nominated for a National Book Award, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude, tells the stories of crossdressers, transsexuals, and hermaphrodites and the myriad of issues they face and the amazing similarities they have to each other. A practicing psychotherapist, Bloom lives in Connecticut and teaches at Yale University. This interview was conducted in 2002 when Normal was released.