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For Today I Am A Boy

by Kim Fu

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Finalist for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

Longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

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.

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Kim Fu

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 For Debut Fiction and the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. The novel was also longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her essays, journalism and reviews have been published in The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Atlantic. She is the associate editor of Maisonneuve.

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