For Today I Am A Boy

Paperback | January 14, 2014

byKim Fu

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A stunning literary debut: Peter is the prized only boy in his Chinese-Canadian family. But inside, he knows he is a girl . . .

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—elegant Adele, 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, one that lays bare the costs of forsaking one’s own path in deference to a road mapped out by others. Both lyrical and unflinching,For Today I Am a Boyshows us an unforgettable struggle: the story of a woman in the body of a Chinese-Canadian man— and marks the emergence of an astonishing new Canadian literary voice.

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A stunning literary debut: Peter is the prized only boy in his Chinese-Canadian family. But inside, he knows he is a girl . . .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 masculinit...

KIM FU was born in 1987 to immigrant parents from Hong Kong and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA program in creative writing. Her poetry, essays and long-form journalism have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and the U.S., including Best Canadian Essays 2012. Fu lives in Vancouver and Seattle.W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1.73 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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"A powerful first novel written with unwavering focus. . . . An important and rewarding read." -STEVEN GALLOWAY, AUTHOR OF THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO"A heart-searing twist on the coming-of-age tale. . . . Immensely readable and unquestionably human." -MICHAEL CHRISTIE, AUTHOR OF THE BEGGAR'S GARDEN"Kim Fu gives us a memorable character trapped in the endless prism of identity. A thoroughly engrossing debut novel." -HAL NIEDZVIECKI, AUTHOR OF LOOK DOWN, THIS IS WHERE IT MUST HAVE HAPPENED