K-Ming Chang

Gods of Want
  • Gods of Want

  • An electrifying book of stories by young Taiwanese American writer K-Ming Chang.

    In Anchor Baby, a girl wrestles with the growing debt that her birth (and US birth certificate) have cost her family.

    In Xifu (Daughter-in-law), a mother makes it her mission to get her daughter-in-law into trouble in her son's eyes, ludicrously faking her own deaths.

    In Dykes, a girl falls in love with her co-worker at a Las Vegas sushi restaurant, but fears she has disappeared when the desert city floods.

    In Aborigines, a daughter is sent to live with her aunts on an island haunted by soldier-ghosts, exploding whales and stray dogs, until her mother calls her back to California again.

    In the eponymous story Resident Aliens, a girl describes the series of widows to have rented her family's windowless basement, such as the one who taught her how to tie knots and get out of them, or the one she was in love with who left to become a nun.

    K-Ming contrasts the corporeal and nightmarish, and explores family entanglement, body politics and sexuality with a boundless and dark imagination.

    'A powerful novel that will sit inside you for days after reading' Sunday Times
    'A visceral, magical tale - every sentence is worth savouring' Kirsty Logan
    'I'm caught all the way up in this magic... one of the best emerging writers out there' Danez Smith
    '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' New York Times

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 inInk 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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