Bestiary: A Novel

September 29, 2020|
Bestiary: A Novel by K-ming Chang
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LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
"Fierce and funny, full of magic and grit...truly remarkable."--Tash Aw, author of We, the Survivors

Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this blazing debut of one family''s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.


One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman''s body. She was called Hu Gu Po, and she hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with snakes in her belly; a brother tests the possibility of flight. All the while, Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighbourhood girl with strange powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother''s letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth--and that she will have to bring her family''s secrets to light in order to change their destiny.

With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K-Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the subversive storytelling of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family''s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood.
K-Ming Chang was born in the year of the tiger. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Lambda Literary Award finalist in poetry. Her poems have been anthologized in Ink Knows No Borders, Best New Poets 2018, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, the 2019 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Raised in California, she now lives in New York.
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Title:Bestiary: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.2 X 5.69 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.2 X 5.69 X 0.68 inPublished:29 septembre 2020Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735238820

ISBN - 13:9780735238824

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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