Perfect Peace - Daniel Black

Perfect Peace

By Daniel Black

  • Release Date: 2010-03-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 335 Ratings


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.


  • Thank you...

    By 5EGN's
    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.
  • Amazing read!!!!!

    By jjay02
    I have read this book at least 4 times! I Absolutely think this is one of the best reads I've had in years!
  • Amazing Novel!

    By The Lowkey Poet
    Dr Black is an amazing writer as you'll discover from reading this novel. He dives into the issues of black masculinity and gender roles in this novel. It's a must read!!
  • Amazing from start to finish

    By P. Streets
    There are so many words I could use to describe how wonderfully written this story was presented. As much as it entertained my mind with the vivid details of the south and the people in the story it also allowed me to think about the gender stereotypes we have in today's society. This book translates to the views we have of the world today. I absolutely enjoyed it to the fullest!
  • A decent book

    By Christian Myrick
    The storyline is unique and I do feel that the author could've gone deeper into the situation. Overall, a good read.
  • Anything is possible

    By sharonroseperry
    Mr. Black has done an outstanding job.
  • Deep novel that everyone should read

    By M1ssb0ssy
    I couldn't stop reading it I would tell others to read this. The story is really life reflecting in a way. Perfect (Paul) shows you that you have to go over and beyond your troubles in life & let them make you stronger.
  • Perfect

    By Metro Black WLA
    Excellent read! Do not assume you know what this book is about before you start to read because I promise you that you would be wrong.
  • Eh..

    By Nappyreader
    It was an okay read. i agree with another reviewer that author had trouble staying in one era. Nevertheless, not a total waste of time. Funny and inspirational.
  • Perfect Peace

    By Tique07
    This Was the most well put together piece of literature that I've read in a really long time, if not the best!! At no point during the novel did I get bored or regret making the purchase.. Look I'm gonna add more stars cuz 5 isn't enough!!****************