Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

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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.


 

About Daniel Black

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DANIEL OMOTOSHO BLACK was raised in Blackwell, Arkansas and now teaches at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned the Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University then returned to Clark Atlanta as a professor with hopes of inspiring young black minds to believe in themselves. His heart's desire is to write literature which celebrates the African American presence in America and teaches the world how to be more human. He is the author of Perfect Peace, They Tell Me of a Home and The Sacred Place.
 
Published March 11, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s 1941, and Gustavus and Emma Jean Peace have just had their seventh child.

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Publisher: St. Martin's Press Product Description 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 da...

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My San Antonio

Paul was born a girl, or at least that's what Emma Jean Peace led him to believe.

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Access Atlanta

By the spring of 1940, when Emma Jean Peace goes into labor with her seventh child, she’s already had six boys too many.

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