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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

A Novel

by Kim Fu

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published: Feb 2018

From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp—and the night that will shape their lives for decades to come

A group of young girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets and camp songs by the fire. Bursting with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see the survivors through the successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to understand how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.

About the Author

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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Editorial Reviews

“Fu’s sharp eye and the book’s specificity of place provide freshness…. Although the focus is always Peter, Fu is adept at depicting the shifting alliances between him and his sisters, and at revealing how being an outsider shapes Peter’s expectations and options.”

— Publishers Weekly

“In this impressive debut, Fu sensitively and poetically portrays Peter’s predicament so that readers feel his discomfort with his own body as well as his painful sense of yearning and the plight of his three sisters, who scatter in all directions to escape their unhappy home.”

— Library Journal

“Stunning. Kim Fu explores the lifelong ripple effects of tragedy, writing with wit, heart and precision. A cast of characters both flawed and fascinating. I was utterly transfixed by this book.”

— Katrina Onstad, bestselling author of <em>Everybody has Everything</em>

“It has become cliché 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

“The characters in Kim Fu’s dark, deftly woven fable align and disperse like planets, bound in their separate orbits to a shared, definitive moment in time. Fu traces those orbits with a master astronomer’s care and observation, mapping in clear and rich prose a hidden universe of girlhood and becoming”

— Michelle Orange, author of <em>This Is Running for Your Life</em>

“Fresh, poetic and superhaunting. Five stars from us.”

— Elle Australia

“Sensitively wrought . . . . Abounds in recognizable archetypes of the model minority . . . but the story itself contemplates something larger: how to define and defend one’s identity against the clamoring voices of expectation, from both family and society.”

— New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“Moves quickly and gracefully from moment to moment. A quiet novel, but it’s one about quiet pains.”

— Grantland

Winner of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award
New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction Finalist
Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction Finalist
Canada Reads Longlist
Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Longlist


“Expertly written and hauntingly candid. [The characters] are carefully rendered, compelling and explored through odd and sometimes unnerving details that only an artful writer can achieve.”

— Winnipeg Free Press

“Fu does an excellent job of conveying the desperation of one trapped in the wrong body as well as the confusion and frustration of that condition. . . . An interesting, thought-provoking novel.”

— Booklist

“A debut distinguished by subtlety and quiet, and one which makes you sit very still as it follows its protagonist towards a precarious happiness. You’ll be intrigued and moved.”

— The New Zealand Herald

Praise for For Today I Am a Boy


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

“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] 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

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