Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Perfect Peace by Daniel Black
Daniel Black is an author that I have been wanting to explore for a little while now. Perfect Peace's storyline in particular sounds like an intriguing premise. Hopefully this will be one of the books that I will get around to reading sooner rather than later.
The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family's attempt to grapple with their mother's desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have.
When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, "You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain't what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon' be a boy. It'll be a little strange at first, but you'll get used to it, and this'll be over after while." From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.