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For Today I Am A Boy

Category: Book
By (author): Fu, Kim
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.64in
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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.

Review Quote*

"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