For Today I Am a Boy: A Novel by Kim Fu

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'“[Fu] has created a touching, quiet first-person hero—and a believably unhappy family—for her sharply written debut novel. . . . A coming-of-age tale for our time.” —The Seattle Times   “[A] powerful, timely debut.” —Seattle Magazine   “From the first sentence of the prologue, it’ll be hard to resist “For Today I Am a Boy.” . . . This is an absolutely gorgeously told story that author Kim Fu hands us.” —Washington Blade   “A well thought out and perfectly executed story . . . Heartbreaking and beautiful.” —Bustle   “For Today I Am a Boy is beautiful and captivating. Kim Fu reminds us that the human condition is one of change—of becoming, of overcoming—and this novel, in all its complexity, demonstrates how to do so with grace.” —Justin Torres, We the Animals   “A unique and mesmerizing story populated with characters who are fragile and strong all at once. An important and rewarding read.” —Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo   “Fresh and pitch-perfect. Fu orchestrates a collision of culture, generation, gender, and place, each crashing head-on with her true observations and dark humor.” —Michael Christie, author of The Beggar’s Garden   “The world doesn’t need many new novels, but the world needs this one.” —Keith Maillard, author of Gloria   “A beautifully realized debut novel from a truly fierce new voice, it tells the story of a woman born as Peter Huang to a Chinese immigrant family in a small Canadian town. Kim Fu is incredible.” —Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night   “Uncommonly moving . . . An extraordinarily accomplished first novel, and Fu is a thrilling new voice. She’s at once compassionate toward her characters and uncompromising in her refusal of the usual novelistic resolutions of questions that remain intractable in lived experience. Lyrical, sometimes brutal, always beautiful, this is a brilliant book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of Mitko and What Belongs to You   “Kim Fu has already proven herself to be an interesting author. . . . A lot more people will know her name before long.” —National Post   “Fu has written a novel about alienation without lapsing into self-pity: a book that not only charts an outsider’s perspective, but the relationships that form, enrich, and complicate his journey. It has become cliché to hail an exciting ‘new voice’ in fiction, and many are drowned out by their own hype. In so convincingly transporting her reader to a perspective still relatively new to contemporary fiction, Kim Fu should be an exception.” —The Globe and Mail   “For Today I Am a Boy is a remarkable book, rare in its subject matter and painstakingly crafted by a writer with an obvious consideration for precise, beautiful language.” —The Sydney Morning Herald   “Expertly written and hauntingly candid . . . Fu’s writing is bold and sensitive. . . . A stunning achievement.” —Winnipeg Free Press   “Fu’s writing throughout is delicate and measured, and she excels at showcasing the subtle interior life of Peter as he gradually discovers who he is.” —ZYZZYVA   “A stunning, striking read. It explores a variety of identities and experiences, seeking to find the eager, tender heart that quietly beats within us all. . . . Fu’s novel asks us to think about a community of characters, some of whom aren’t always likable or generous, but all of whom are vividly alive.” —Entropy Magazine   “An up-close, unflinching portrait . . . It is refreshing to read a novel that illustrates the harrowing choices transgender people face alongside hope.” —Harvard Review   “[A] quietly forceful debut . . . Shot through with melancholy while capturing the bliss of discovering one’s sexual self.” —Kirkus Reviews   “[An] impressive debut.” —Library Journal'
'“[Fu] has created a touching, quiet first-person hero—and a believably unhappy family—for her sharply written debut novel. . . . A coming-of-age tale for our time.” —The Seattle Times   “[A] powerful, timely debut.” —Seattle Magazine   “From the first sentence of the prologue, it’ll be hard to resist “For Today I Am a Boy.” . . . This is an absolutely gorgeously told story that author Kim Fu hands us.” —Washington Blade   “A well thought out and perfectly executed story . . . Heartbreaking and beautiful.” —Bustle   “For Today I Am a Boy is beautiful and captivating. Kim Fu reminds us that the human condition is one of change—of becoming, of overcoming—and this novel, in all its complexity, demonstrates how to do so with grace.” —Justin Torres, We the Animals   “A unique and mesmerizing story populated with characters who are fragile and strong all at once. An important and rewarding read.” —Steven Galloway, The Cellist of Sarajevo   “Fresh and pitch-perfect. Fu orchestrates a collision of culture, generation, gender, and place, each crashing head-on with her true observations and dark humor.” —Michael Christie, author of The Beggar’s Garden   “The world doesn’t need many new novels, but the world needs this one.” —Keith Maillard, author of Gloria   “A beautifully realized debut novel from a truly fierce new voice, it tells the story of a woman born as Peter Huang to a Chinese immigrant family in a small Canadian town. Kim Fu is incredible.” —Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night   “Uncommonly moving . . . An extraordinarily accomplished first novel, and Fu is a thrilling new voice. She’s at once compassionate toward her characters and uncompromising in her refusal of the usual novelistic resolutions of questions that remain intractable in lived experience. Lyrical, sometimes brutal, always beautiful, this is a brilliant book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of Mitko and What Belongs to You   “Kim Fu has already proven herself to be an interesting author. . . . A lot more people will know her name before long.” —National Post   “Fu has written a novel about alienation without lapsing into self-pity: a book that not only charts an outsider’s perspective, but the relationships that form, enrich, and complicate his journey. It has become cliché to hail an exciting ‘new voice’ in fiction, and many are drowned out by their own hype. In so convincingly transporting her reader to a perspective still relatively new to contemporary fiction, Kim Fu should be an exception.” —The Globe and Mail   “For Today I Am a Boy is a remarkable book, rare in its subject matter and painstakingly crafted by a writer with an obvious consideration for precise, beautiful language.” —The Sydney Morning Herald   “Expertly written and hauntingly candid . . . Fu’s writing is bold and sensitive. . . . A stunning achievement.” —Winnipeg Free Press   “Fu’s writing throughout is delicate and measured, and she excels at showcasing the subtle interior life of Peter as he gradually discovers who he is.” —ZYZZYVA   “A stunning, striking read. It explores a variety of identities and experiences, seeking to find the eager, tender heart that quietly beats within us all. . . . Fu’s novel asks us to think about a community of characters, some of whom aren’t always likable or generous, but all of whom are vividly alive.” —Entropy Magazine   “An up-close, unflinching portrait . . . It is refreshing to read a novel that illustrates the harrowing choices transgender people face alongside hope.” —Harvard Review   “[A] quietly forceful debut . . . Shot through with melancholy while capturing the bliss of discovering one’s sexual self.” —Kirkus Reviews   “[An] impressive debut.” —Library Journal'
Publisher: Mariner Books ISBN: 9780544032408 Pages: 256