For Today I Am A Boy
by Kim Fu (she/he/they)
“[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 sisters and the sympathetic souls, Peter inches ever closer to her own life in this darkly funny, emotionally acute, debut.