K-Ming Chang with Meng Jin
Published at what had to be the least possible auspicious time to have a book released, never mind that it was a debut, K-Ming Chang’s astounding first novel, Bestiary (One World) came out a year ago, during the time of utmost lockdown and closed bookstores. Nonetheless, the roar and audacity of this book was heard, people did find it, went for the rollicking reading ride that books that truly transport offer. Now in paperback, even more shall and will. K-Ming Chang will appear in conversation with Meng Jin, author of Little Gods.
“Told by many voices, Bestiary is a queer, transnational fairy tale whose irresistible heroine is a Taiwanese American baby dyke. Written in a prose style as inventive and astonishing as the story it tells, to read it is to enter a world where the female body possesses enormous power, where the borders between generations are porous and shifting. A worthy heir to Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and Jamaica Kincaid, K-Ming Chang is a woman warrior for the 21st century—part oracle, part witness, all heart.”—Jennifer Tseng.
“Bestiary is crafted at the scale of epic poetry: origin stories that feel at once gravely older than their years, yet viscerally contemporary. Chang knows well that the life of a family—marriage, immigration, queer coming-of-age—can so often feel like a wild and tender myth, being spun and unspun by its members, again and again. These are fables I wish I’d had growing up.”—Elaine Castillo.
With K-Ming Chang for this program will be Meng Jin, whose terrific debut novel, Little Gods (newly in paper, Custom House), came out just before the 2020 whirlwind hit. "Artfully composed and emotionally searing, Jin’s debut about lost girls, bottomless ambition, and the myriad ways family members can hurt and betray one another is gripping from beginning to end. This is a beautiful, intensely moving debut." —Publishers Weekly.