In conjunction with Queer South: Alternative Expressions in the Bible Belt, a month long exhibit at the Fayetteville Underground, Nightbird is hosting a book discussion of For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu. This is the same book we chose for our Pride Month book club, but while we had a great discussion, few people had read the book, so we are having a second discussion. We encourage anyone interested in promoting and understanding diversity in our community to read the book and join us.
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.