K-Ming Chang’s Bestiary is a beautiful ode to women and their desires

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K-Ming Chang is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. In addition to publishing her debut novel Bestiary, Chang is an established poet and short story writer.

That debut, about three generations of Taiwanese American women as they grapple with queer desires and impulses, is an exquisitely written novel that fans of Helen Oyeyemi should rush out and gobble up. The way Chang explores these women’s lives is gripping and her wordplay is memorable. She’s already at work on a story collection and is publishing a chapbook called Bone House in 2021.

Adam Vitcavage is joined by K-Ming Chang to talk about her debut novel Bestiary. The two talk about making writing beautiful, being a young writer, and creating something that reflects the women she never sees in literature.

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