Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang follows three generations of Taiwanese-American
women. The author describes it as "part migration story, part
mythological retelling, part queer love story." The third-gen daughter
grows a tiger tail one day and she must uncover her family's history to
understand the source of the tail, and along the way she falls in love.
Among many strangenesses, there are holes in the back yard that spit out
letters from her estranged grandmother.
If I can compare this book to anything, it felt similar in voice to The Discomfort of Evening(which
just won the International Booker so that's no light praise) because of
the world of the children but the story has more complexity due to the
multiple generations and the Hu Gu Po (tiger spirit). You can tell the
author is a poet in all the writing but especially in the letters from
I had a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley; it comes out September 29.
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