For Today I Am A Boy
A NovelBook - 2014
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 his far-flung sisters and the sympathetic souls he finds along the way, Peter inches ever closer to his own life, his own skin, in this darkly funny, emotionally acute, stunningly powerful debut.
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The only son in a family of daughters born to an immigrant Chinese family, the pressure on Peter to be the masculine heir his father wants is extraordinary. It’s even worse because Peter is transgender. This novel juxtaposes cultural assimilation with the search for personal identity and authenti... Read More »
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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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