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Gods of Want

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Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang
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Jul 12, 2022 | ISBN 9780593241585

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“[K-Ming Chang] rewrites the world as a place of radical transformation.’”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Her] ability, to take a common, decidedly earthbound, experience and transform it through her lens into a fantastical, otherworldly encounter shines. . . . Chang’s writing reflects her gift as a lifelong listener of oral storytelling . . . and her ability to synthesize new ideas with her own spin on language.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Chang has a special talent for forging history into myth and myth into present-day fiction. . . . Gods of Want is in some ways a fantasy of queer freedom. Its main characters, all Taiwanese or Chinese by birth or descent, are allowed to be who they are, to love and make love to whomever they choose.”—Los Angeles Times

“[K-Ming Chang] is back with her signature precise and enthralling prose in this short-story collection.”—Shondaland

“K-Ming Chang’s inspired mix of magic and realism returns in full fabulist force. . . . The stories are eclectic . . . and united by Chang’s fascination with the queer and quotidian in her characters’ worlds. . . . Piercing.”—Esquire

“Her new short-story collection Gods of Want both widens and calcifies the expansiveness of her range. . . . Chang is singular amongst us all. . . . New work from Chang is a cause for celebration—a holiday in its own right—and it’s also a reminder of the infinite possibilities on the page. . . . Nothing short of marvelous.”—Bryan Washington, for Electric Literature

“A whole body experience.”—THEM

“These stories glitter and pulse . . . Full of mythic desire, joy and pain disguised as the other, and navigating the precarious balance of how to belong to a land while still belonging to oneself, Gods of Want is bursting with language and images so striking, so sure of their own strength, I found myself stunned. The worlds and characters depicted in these pages are original, strange, sometimes-horrific, and all the more gorgeous because of it.”—Dantiel W. Moniz, author of Milk Blood Heat

“In the genre of feminine madness, these stories are to be worshipped. They are fearless, hysterical, violent yet full of grace. Each sentence escalates toward devastating, poetic insight about our bodies, about cultural demands both treasured and feared, and about what makes being alive a terror and a joy.”—Venita Blackburn, author of How to Wrestle a Girl

“This book traces a line from old worlds to new worlds by means of the bloody umbilical cords that stretch between them. . . . These stories unthread the tangled relationships between mothers and daughter, aunts and cousins, siblings and lovers . . .  a lingering sense that language, as well as life, is infinitely adaptable, no matter the ground on which it is given to grow. Lurid, funny, strange, and deftly sorrowing—an important new voice.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Dazzling . . . This stellar collection will leave readers hungry for more.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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