Gods of Want

Gods of Want

Startling first collection of short stories from a rising talent


Surreal and seductive - brimming with moths, myths and mothers, nine-headed birds, ghost cousins and storm-chasers - Gods of Want is a startling first collection of short stories from a rising talent.

'Stunning and moving... One of our most brilliant authors' Bryan Washington

'These stories glitter and pulse' Dantiel W. Montiz

In 'Auntland', a stream of aunts adjust to American life by sneaking kisses from women at temple and buying tubs of vanilla ice cream to prep for citizenship tests. In 'The Chorus of Dead Cousins', ghost cousins cross space, seas and skies to haunt their living cousin. In 'Xífù', a mother-in-law tortures a wife in increasingly unsuccessful attempts to oust her. In 'Mariela', two girls explore each other's bodies for the first time in the belly of a plastic shark. And in 'Resident Aliens', a series of mysterious widows, each harbouring a calamitous secret, make their home in a former slaughterhouse.

K-Ming Chang's storytelling is fierce, fabulist and feminist. In these uncanny tales, she delves into myth and memory, corporeality and ghostliness, queerness and the quotidian, with boundless imagination.

An electrifying and singular new voice in fiction, K-Ming Chang has been heralded by writers including RAVEN LEILANI, DANEZ SMITH, KIRSTY LOGAN, KELLY LINK, JULIA PHILIPS, TASH AW, ELAINE CASTELLO, JENNIFER TSENG and JUSTIN TORRES.

'Wild and lyrical, visionary and touching. Read her!' Sharlene Teo


  • These stories glitter and pulse
    DANTIEL W. MONIZ, author of Milk Blood Heat

About the author

K-Ming Chang

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 novel Bestiary, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
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