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Novel Bestiary by K-Ming Chang lies flat on a white backdrop. The cover features an illustration of a girl with a tiger's tail.
Novel Bestiary by K-Ming Chang is lying flat on a table next to a ceramic incense holder and box of incense. The cover shows a girl with a tiger’s tail
Headshot of author K-Ming Chang, outdoors in front of a white marble column and brown wooden door. She is smiling and facing the camera.

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Magical realism meets queer family history in Bestiary by poet-turned-novelist, K-Ming Chang. The protagonist, Daughter, becomes the embodiment of her mother’s fantastical tale of a woman possessed by the spirit of a tiger. With the help of her equally unique crush, Ben, the girl next-door, Daughter uncovers the secrets of the women in her family and changes the course of their lives.

“Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.”

hardcover | published by One World/Random House September 29, 2020 | 272 pages


Meet the Author:

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her short story collection, Gods of Want, is forthcoming from One World in June 2022. More of her work can be found at kmingchang.com.