For Today I Am a Boy

For Today I Am a Boy

by Kim Fu
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For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu

Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Winner
2015 PEN/ Hemingway Award, Finalist
Lambda Literary Award, Finalist
Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Spring 2014
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
Shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize


"[A] sharply written debut...A coming-of-age tale for our time." —Seattle Times


At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, “powerful king.” To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father’s dreams of Western masculinity. Peter and his sisters grow up in an airless house of order and obligation, though secrets and half-truths simmer beneath the surface. At the first opportunity, each of the girls lights out on her own. But for Peter, escape is not as simple as fleeing his parents’ home. Though his father crowned him “powerful king,” Peter knows otherwise. He knows he is really a girl. With the help of his far-flung sisters and the sympathetic souls he finds along the way, Peter inches ever closer to his own life, his own skin, in this darkly funny, emotionally acute, stunningly powerful debut.  
 
“Sensitively wrought . . . For Today I Am a Boy is 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.” —New York Times Book Review

“Subtle and controlled, with flashes of humor and warmth.”
Slate

“Keeps you reading. Told in snatches of memory that hurt so much they have the ring of truth.”
Bust magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544034723
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

KIM FU is the author of the poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance and the novel For Today I Am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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For Today I Am a Boy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Kim Fu handles the transgender perspective in For Today I Am a Boy with the utmost care. This is not a radical, explosive book meant to shock its audience. Instead, it centers on Peter's thoughts, feelings, and experiences as he tells us about his childhood, his loved ones, and his coming of age, in his own voice. There are a number of subtle but powerful moments that made me forget this is a work of fiction; much of the time it reads like a memoir. Fu attains the perfect balance between creating interesting, complex characters without turning them into clichés. Especially when it comes to Peter, this maintains the story's reliability. Who were these kids? What right had they to be born into a world where they were taught to look endlessly into themselves . . . To ask themselves, and not be told, whether they were boys or girls? You eat what's there or you starve. I was glad that Peter, with all the turmoil he faced, did have a few people in his life who completely accepted him without question, who didn't try to change him. I'm not sure how realistic that is for most transgender people, but it certainly added an element of hope throughout the story. Approached with sensitivity and free of stereotypes, For Today I Am a Boy explores how who we are (and the discovery of who we are) plays into our sense of self, the path we take in life, and our family dynamics. This is a coming of age story well worth reading. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book yesterday. I struggled to stay awake to keep reading, and went back to reading each time I woke from the sleep I couldn't deny.
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Love for this debut novel. Love for the subject matter...LOVE IS LOVE, LIVE & LET LIVE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Use are so strong and expensive that doctors refuse to say what long term use might do to the patient a true hermaphyte is a male who starts producing excesss female hormoes at puberty. mutilation is not unknown as a means of control they managed to do that in the death camps it might be best to come to terms with what ever one's sex differences as 99 per cent of life has nothing to do with it each has its disadvantagees