For Today I Am a Boy


Winner of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction Finalist

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Finalist

Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction Finalist

Canada Reads Longlist

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Longlist

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

McMaster University Common Reading Program Selection

Adler University Common Reading Program Selection

“In her sensitively wrought debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy, set in a sleepy and predominantly white town in Ontario, Kim Fu invites us inside the Huang household, where patriarchy rules, the mother tongue is forbidden — because it will make the children's English "come out wrong" — and a single pot of Cantonese-style white fungus soup can seem a potent threat to the painstaking “project of Westernization.”... [Fu] is intimately attuned to the anxieties of first-generation go-getters. Her novel abounds in recognizable archetypes of the model minority — the striving civil servant; the silent, servile wife; the academic superstar — but the story itself contemplates something larger: how to define and defend one's identity against the clamoring voices of expectation, from both family and society... For Today I Am a Boy is as much about the construction of self as the consequences of its unwilling destruction — and what happens when its acceptance seems as foreign as another country.”

—Jiayang Fan, New York Times Book Review

“Like a Mary Temple exhibition, with sunlight and shadows painted on the walls in endless variations on the colour white that a normal person could never tell apart if presented with them separately, For Today I Am A Boy is a tutorial in the many shades of longing… I’d wager a lot more people will know [Fu's] name before long.”

—S. Bear Bergman, National Post

“It has become cliché to hail an exciting ‘new voice’ in fiction, and many are drowned out by their own hype. […] Kim Fu should be an exception.”

—Trilby Kent, The Globe and Mail

Kim Fu writes with a pen as sharp and precise as a lancet... A fiercely beautiful novel, the book is the perfect testimony to the fact that no one knows the last word about any human heart.
— 2015 PEN/Hemingway Jury Citation