Author(s): Kim Fu
Finding one's place in the world can be hard, but sometimes even more elusive, is finding where you fit in your family. Peter Huang 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 Chinese father. At birth, Peter had been given the Chinese name juan chaun, powerful king. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl. Drawing comparisons from Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex to the work of Amy Tan. Sensitive, witty, and stunningly assured, Kim Fu's debut novel lays bare the costs of forsaking one's own path in deference to one laid out by others.
Kim Fu is a Seattle-based writer and editor. Her poetry, essays, and long-form journalism have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and the US, including Best Canadian Essays 2012. She was born in Western Canada in 1987 to immigrant parents from Hong Kong, and holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. For Today I Am a Boy is her first novel.