This is probably my favourite book of all time. I first read it when I was 15 years old in Singapore. I couldn’t bring very many things when I moved to Canada two years ago, but I had to make sure I brought this with me.
Being queer in Singapore was very hard, I did not know many people who were “out of the closet”, and I had no models for what a queer life or relationships were like. This book is about an intersex character who has to navigate his/her life as a transexual man. It helped me understand that gender and sexuality were not rigid categories, and that my own feelings as a queer woman were valid and not something to be ashamed of.