Perfect Peace

A Novel

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Publisher Description

As seen on TikTok, Daniel Black’s Perfect Peace is 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—“a complex, imaginative story of one unforgettable black family in mid-twentieth century Arkansas” (Atlanta Magazine).

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, Perfect’s life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events—while the rest of his family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

“A morality tale of the consequences of letting our selfish needs trap the ones we love into roles they weren’t born to play. The characters here are as flawed, their sins numerous, as any living human being held under the lens, but the author brings a compassion and understanding to their plights.”—Mat Johnson, award-winning author of Invisible Things

“Part cautionary tale, part folk tale, part fable, Daniel Black’s Perfect Peace is a complete triumph…In Emma Jean Peace, Dr. Black has created a character as complex, equivocal and unforgettable as Scarlett O'Hara.”—Larry Duplechan, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Got ’Til It’s Gone

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
March 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Iphoneuser2188 ,

Breathtaking and emotional

This book tells an amazing story of family, love, and acceptance. The emotional roller coaster you will experience as you read this story is magnified by the character development. I highly recommend this book to all who have felt lost or ridiculed. This is a book for those who have been told they are not enough. For those who have been scrutinized for their nonconformist tendencies. This is a book of love.

Ljpatts ,

Perfect Peace

Excellent find. Thank you.

5EGN's ,

Thank you...

My two older sons are college students at Morehouse College, where Dr. Black teaches. He taught my older son’s honors English Literature course in 2016. He presently teaches my second oldest in the same course, who convinced me to purchase this book and read it...

“Perfect Peace” embodies the purpose of sending of why I sent my son’s to Morehouse College. A 150 year old institution teaching and reminding young men of their humanity, “Perfect Peace” helps solidify that purpose..and deliver a message to my sons that I struggled delivering.

Thank you Dr. Daniel Black. Your are a gift to Morehouse. You are a gift to the universe.

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