Stories that center the bodies, memories, myths, and relationships of Asian American women, in the vein of the relationships in Killing Eve and Yellowjackets—from the National Book Award “5 Under 35” honoree and author of Bestiary.
Relationships between women—familial, beloved, strange, imagined—dominate queer Taiwanese American Chang’s explosive and bizarre first story collection...Three single-word, deftly exacting descriptors define three sections—'Mothers,' 'Myths,' 'Moths'—which organize 16 tales that challenge immigration and diasporic identity, confront inequity and dysfunction...Chang glides effortlessly between the shocking and quotidian, demanding attention, deserving applause.
Chang returns to the thematic territory of her debut novel in these stories that unthread the tangled relationships between mothers and daughter, aunts and cousins, siblings and lovers in the broadly defined Taiwanese immigrant community now living in California...The stories progress through their antic, sometimes manic, often bloody, muddy, orgasmic, or chewed-up and spit-out paces...Indeed, the ease with which the various narrators shift into poetic transcendence in their workaday descriptions coupled with the linguistic flexibility of non-native idioms repurposed for a new English in a new world is as much a part of the storytelling as the stories themselves...All this together leaves the reader with a lingering sense that language, as well as life, is infinitely adaptable, no matter the ground on which it is given to grow...Lurid, funny, strange, and deftly sorrowing—an important new voice.
Chang returns with a dazzling collection of stories within stories that draw on old myths to embody the heartache and memories of Asian American women...Chang’s bold conceits and potent imagery evoke a raw, visceral power that captures feelings of deep longing and puts them into words. This stellar collection will leave readers hungry for more.