Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace

Book - 2011
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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." 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9780312571658
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 21 cm


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May 25, 2018

So horrible I couldn't finish. The writing is terrible and this isn't about letting go of societies expectations but trying to trick oneself into not going crazy because of the intense sexism portrayed in this book. At least to page 50 and I just refuse to go farther.

Feb 01, 2018

Surprisingly shocking but definitely a good read! Wow!!!

LPL_KateG Jul 07, 2016

What a unique and interesting tale! Gender, sex, sexuality, race - all of these topics and more are tackled with beautiful language and emotional connection. I fell in love with the Peace family and felt tears of both sorrow and joy with them.

nina38 Nov 27, 2013

One of the best books read in a while! First time reading Daniel Black and I enjoyed it. I like the "south" style and was a very good story.

bbaby4 Jul 18, 2013

A really intense read. I loved it. It's mother wit is matched by Mr. Black's ear for Southern-speak. I howled with laughter at times, and a few pages later my eyes filled with tears. Pathos to spare. The dialogue (very theatrical really; I can see actors taking on some sections in scene-study class) is down-home real. One can almost smell the sweet potato pie baking in the oven or hear the cicadas on a hot windless day. Well done.

penina7 Apr 29, 2012

Brilliant concept that was let down by a less than deft writer. If the characters had been better developed (show me, don't tell me), this book could have been truly brilliant.

nutty7688 Apr 03, 2012

Very good read about a mother with 6 boys and always wanted a girl, so with the 7th child she decided to make a him a her.


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