For Today I Am A BoyBook - 2014
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 Boy shows 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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Sexual Content: This book contains sexual scenes and metaphors relating to transsexualism and homosexuality.
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This book discusses the childhood and adult life of 'Peter' a Canadian born into a traditionalist Chinese family. The father had always wanted a traditional masculine son, however his wife was giving birth to daughters. When he finally had a son, his son's only desire was to be a woman/mother. The rest of the book details the adult life of 'Peter' which is filled with struggle to come to terms with his identity. He has a number of different sexual encounters with women, all the while wishing to be a woman and to be sexually treated as a woman as well. He finally comes to terms with his female identity after becoming friends with a Female to Male trans. He then leaves with his sisters to Europe to start a new life as Audrey. Which was inspired by spending a night dressed as Audrey Hepburn for Halloween.
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