The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus

by

Dashka Slater

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The 57 Bus: Part 4: Suitcase Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Sasha packs for college. They pack their skirts, and favorite hats and shirts, and they even pack a bunch of subway maps and some shower shoes. Sasha brings along their favorite books, including Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and their special compression stockings. Sasha also packs a “string of paper cranes” made by Oakland High School students.
Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is a novel about a male poet who changes his gender and lives the rest of their life as a woman. Of course, this mirrors Sasha’s own gender identity and underscores Slater’s principal argument of the existence and recognition of trans and nonbinary gender individuals.
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