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  • What gives me fuel are other books - anything stylish and/or dirty. This year I loved reading K-Ming Chang's Bestiary.

    Raven Leilani, author of Luster
  • A visceral, magical tale - every sentence is worth savouring.

    Kirsty Logan, author of Things We Say in the Dark
  • A powerful novel that will sit inside you for days after reading

    Lucy Knight, Sunday Times
  • The poet K-Ming Chang's debut novel, Bestiary, offers up a different kind of narrative, 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.

    New York Times
  • Chang makes a spell rise from every wound, and I'm caught all the way up in this magic... one of the best emerging writers out there.

    Danez Smith
  • Gorgeous and gorgeously grotesque . . . Every line of this sensuous, magical-realist marvel-about multiple generations of Taiwanese-American women in Arkansas whose lives are imbued with cultural and familial myth-is utterly alive.

    O: The Oprah Magazine
  • K-Ming Chang's prose ravishes, ravages, rampages. This is an absolute lightning strike of a debut. The world grew brighter as I read it.

    Kelly Link, author of GET IN TROUBLE
  • To read K-Ming Chang is to see the world in fresh, surreal technicolor. Hers is a dizzyingly imaginative, sharp-witted voice queering migration, adolescence, and questions of family and belonging in totally new and unexpected ways. Both wild and lyrical, visionary and touching. Read her!

    Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
  • Epic and intimate at once, Bestiary brings myth to visceral life, showing what becomes of women and girls who carry tigers, birds, and fish within. K-Ming Chang's talent exposes what is hidden inside us. She makes magic on the page.

    Julia Philips, author of the National Book Award finalist Disappearing Earth
  • [A] vivid, fabulist debut . . . the prose is full of imagery. Chang's wild story of a family's tenuous grasp on belonging in the U.S. stands out with a deep commitment to exploring discomfort with the body and its transformations.

    Publishers Weekly

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