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ISBN13: 9780802170828
ISBN10: 080217082x
Condition: Standard
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comftable, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by comftable)
Excellent prose and story. The characters were well-developed and totally believable. Highly recommended.
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julieb43, July 26, 2012 (view all comments by julieb43)
I thought this was a beautiful and sensitive novel. The writing was lyrical, with the Newfoundland setting coming alive, and the characters were fully realized. I loved the main character, who was very sympathetic. The story was engaging; in fact, I didn't want it to end. There should be a sequel so that Wayne/Annabel's story continues.
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kathleen129, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by kathleen129)
A very moving book that's stayed with me.
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sarahboberra, May 24, 2011 (view all comments by sarahboberra)
This book is both the most moving and the most page-turning book I read this year. I tried not to read it too fast so that I could savor the lush use of language in the form of gorgeous descriptions of both the harsh Labrador environment, its communities and customs, and most of all the inner workings of the minds of the main characters. The subject matter, which takes on the phenomenon of true hermaphroditism, was dealt with extremely sensitively, but also honestly - the character's reactions to the discovery that a newborn baby is of both genders are very believable. It especially deals compassionately with the parents, and their differing and sometimes damaging approach to raising the child. This book not only stands alone as a contribution to great literature; it also is a profound teaching tool for high school or college level classes exploring gender and sexual identity issues. It should also bring recognition and hope to other trans-gendered individuals who must create their own gender identities in the face of our either/or cultural framework. Again, a superb achievement - entertaining, thought-provoking, subtle, and daring all rolled into one.
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Winter, Kathleen
Grove Press, Black Cat
Fu, Kim
Literature-A to Z
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Paperback, Deckle Edge
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 480 pages Grove Press, Black Cat - English 9780802170828 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Isolated as Croyden Harbour may be from the social upheaval of 1968, the tiny village on the southeast Labrador coast plays host to its own revolution in Winter's sincere, self-serious debut. Jacinta and Treadway Blake are like any other couple in town — he's away on the trapline all winter, she's confined to domestic life. But the clarity of traditional gender roles begins to unravel when Jacinta gives birth to a hermaphrodite. Both Treadway and the local doctor decide the baby will be brought up as a boy — he's named Wayne, and his female genitalia are sewn shut. Meanwhile, Jacinta's friend Thomasina, quietly tends to the spiritual development of the child's female identity. Kept in the dark about his condition for most of his childhood, Wayne struggles to live up to the manly standards imposed by his well-meaning if curmudgeonly father, but when adolescence rolls around, Wayne's body reveals a number of surprises and becomes a battleground of physiology, identity, and sexual discovery. Though delivered at times with a heavy hand, the novel's moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “Affecting...Winter possesses a rare blend of lyrical brilliance, descriptive power, and psychological and philosophical insight. Her way with fate and sadness recalls The World According to Garp, without the cute irony. A compelling, gracefully written novel about mixed gender that sheds insight as surely as it rejects sensationalism. This book announces the arrival of a major writer.” (starred review)
"Review" by , “A novel about secrets and silences...What Winter has achieved here is no less a miracle than the fact of Wayne’s birth. Read it because it’s a story told with sensitivity to language that compels to the last page, and read it because it asks the most existential of questions. Stripped of the trappings of gender, Winter asks, what are we?”
"Review" by , “Absorbing, earnest...Beautifully written.”
"Review" by , “[Winter’s] lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting.”
"Review" by , “Utterly original...A haunting story of family, identity, and the universal yearning to belong.”
"Review" by , “Beautifully observed...Reminiscent of Middlesex, Winter’s treatment of such a delicate issue is amazing and incredibly engaging. Her novel is written with immense sensitivity and grace, not to be missed.”
"Synopsis" by , A literary gem, Winter's luminous debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment.
"Synopsis" by , A fiercely assured debut novel about four second-generation Chinese sisters, one of whom happens to be a boy
"Synopsis" by , 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. Peters 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.

Sensitive, witty, and stunningly assured, Kim Fus debut novel lays bare the costs of forsaking ones own path in deference to one laid out by others. For Today I Am a Boy is a coming-of-age tale like no other, and marks the emergence of an astonishing new literary voice.

  "A unique and mesmerizing story populated with characters who are fragile and strong all at once, who invite us to become them as they struggle with who they ultimately are. An important and rewarding read." — Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo

"Synopsis" by ,
Long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2014 selection

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

“Peter is a fully realized, fully unique character — one who will find his way into the hearts of readers everywhere.” — Bustle

“[A] sensitively wrought debut.” — New York Times Book Review

At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, “powerful king.” To his parents, new to 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.

Darkly funny, emotionally acute, stunningly powerful, Kim Fu’s debut novel is a “coming of age tale for our time” (Seattle Times) that lays bare the costs of forsaking one's own path, a “heartbreaking” (Cosmopolitan) examination of how we find our true selves.

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