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Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
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Jun 01, 2021 | ISBN 9780593132593

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“Full of magic realism that reaches down your throat, grabs hold of your guts and forces a slow reckoning with what it means to be a foreigner, a native, a mother, a daughter—and all the things in between.”The New York Times Book Review

Bestiary blurs the lines between humans and animals, exploring the stories we tell about ourselves to survive.”The Wall Street Journal
“Chang’s facility for making even mundane or traumatic events beautiful with words is a reminder that stories are, among other things, some of our very best survival tools.”—NPR
Bestiary bursts open like delicious fruit. . . . Her lyrical imagery promises a better future, and Bestiary promises more great work to come from K-Ming Chang.”Los Angeles Times

“Young queer love, family secrets, and a girl who grows a tiger tail, all told by a language obsessive? Extremely sold.”—LitHub

“K-Ming Chang, an extremely talented young Taiwanese-American author, offers a wild portrait of three generations of women who have in them tigers, snakes, and birds: the myths of their homeland.”The Millions

“Epic and intimate at once, Bestiary brings myth to visceral life. K-Ming Chang’s talent exposes what is hidden inside us. She makes magic on the page.”—Julia Philips, author of Disappearing Earth

“I didn’t read this novel so much as become immersed in it, a jungle filled with surprises, countless moments of desire and pain and light.”—Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

“Chang is ferociously talented, one of my favorite new writers. Here is a book so wise, so gripping, so mythical and dangerous, so infused with surreal beauty, it burns to be read, and read again.”—Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

“Crafted at the scale of epic poetry . . . These are fables I wish I’d had growing up.”—Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart

“An unflinching examination of unbreakable ties. You may want to look away, but K-Ming Chang won’t let you.”—Thea Lim, author of An Ocean of Minutes

“This searing, lush novel can’t be justly summarized—you must read it yourself, for K-Ming Chang is a fearless, singular talent.”—Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Green Island

“Fierce and funny, full of magic and grit . . . truly remarkable.”—Tash Aw, author of We, the Survivors

“A worthy heir to Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and Jamaica Kincaid, K-Ming Chang is a woman warrior for the twenty-first century—part oracle, part witness, all heart.”—Jennifer Tseng, author of Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness


National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award WINNER 2020

Lambda Literary Award FINALIST 2021

Center for Fiction First Novel Prize LONGLIST 2020

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction LONGLIST 2021

VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize SHORTLIST 2021

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