For Today I Am a Boy (Hardcover)
Peter Huang 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 Chinese father.
At birth, Peter had been given the Chinese name "juan chaun," powerful king. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl.
Sensitive, witty, and stunningly assured, Kim Fu's debut novel lays bare the costs of forsaking one's own path in deference to one laid out by others. "For Today I Am a Boy" is a coming-of-age tale like no other, and marks the emergence of an astonishing new literary voice.
"A unique and mesmerizing story populated with characters who are fragile and strong all at once, who invite us to become them as they struggle with who they ultimately are. An important and rewarding read." -- Steven Galloway, author of "The Cellist of Sarajevo"
About the Author
KIM FU is a graduate of The University of British Columbia's MFA program in creative writing. She has written poetry, essays and long-form journalism for NPR, the National Post, Ms. Magazine, Maisonneuve, The Tyee, The Rumpus, Vancouver Magazine, Grain Magazine, Room and The New Quarterly, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays and nominated for three National Magazine Awards. For Today I Am a Boy, her debut novel, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Kim is the news columns editor for This, a magazine of progressive politics now in its 47th year.