|By (author):||Fu, Kim|
|Subject:||FICTION / Canadian|
|FICTION / General|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.31in x 0.64in|
|From The Publisher*|
The universally acclaimed debut novel from a powerful new voice in literary fiction.
At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name juan chaun, meaning powerful king. He is the exalted only son in a family of daughters; the one who will finally fulfill his father's dreams of western masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he knows that he is a girl.
Peter and his sisters-the elegant Adele, the shrewd Helen, and Bonnie, the bon vivant-grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter's own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays and the ever-present shadow of his father.
Sensitive, witty and stunningly assured, Kim Fu's debut novel is a coming-of-age tale like no other and marks the emergence of an astonishing new Canadian literary voice. Both lyrical and steely-eyed, For Today I Am a Boy shows us an unforgettable struggle: that of a woman in the body of a Chinese Canadian man.
"Like a Mary Temple exhibition, with sunlight and shadows painted on the walls in endless variations on the colour white that a normal person could never tell apart if presented with them separately, For Today I Am a Boy is a tutorial in the many shades of longing. . . . I'd wager a lot more people will know [Fu's] name before long." -National Post
"Sensitively wrought. . . . As much about the construction of self as the consequences of its unwitting destruction-and what happens when its acceptance seems as foreign as another country." -The New York Times Book Review
"It has become cliche to hail an exciting ‘new voice' in fiction, and many are drowned out by their own hype. . . . Kim Fu should be an exception." -The Globe and Mail
"Expertly written and hauntingly candid." -Winnipeg Free Press
"A true act of mastery. . . . [Fu's] most remarkable achievement is in creating a quietly unforgettable character, one who is not meant to represent an ‘average' or ‘typical' trans life, but an individual one." -Bustle
"A talented debut novel that probes the contours of transgender experience with elegance and sensitivity." -The Sydney Morning Herald
"Moves quickly and gracefully from moment to moment. . . . A quiet novel, but it's one about quiet pains." -Grantland
"[A] quietly forceful debut [with] a redemptive trajectory that feels fully earned. . . . Shot through with melancholy while capturing the bliss of discovering one's sexual self." -Kirkus Reviews
"Fu skillfully steers her complex protagonist [in this] significant coming-of-age story." -Chatelaine
"Excellent. . . . An interesting, thought-provoking novel." -Booklist
"Fresh and pitch-perfect. . . . A heart-searing twist on the coming-of-age tale." -Michael Christie, author of The Beggar's Garden
"Beautiful and captivating. Kim Fu reminds us that the human condition is one of change-of becoming, of overcoming-and this novel, in all its complexity, demonstrates how to do so with grace." -Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
"The world doesn't need many new novels, but the world needs this one." -Keith Maillard, author of Gloria
"Haunting and poetic. A novel that moves past the confines of gender and beautifully explores the ache for human connection." -Brian Francis, author of Fruit and Natural Order
"Daring and timely. . . . Written in a tender and observant prose that reveals so much that's true forever about human behaviour." -Lee Henderson, author of The Man Game
"A sly, engaging read. Smooth yet spicy, a book you'll have to talk about." -Billie Livingston, author of Cease to Blush and One Good Hustle