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And more mysterious events follow: holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her estranged grandmother; a visiting aunt arrives with red hands and snakes in her belly; her brother tests the possibility of flight. Thank you to my Goodreads friends whom I polled and was assured by that it was okay to not finish an ARC!

The characters are casually queer, with sapphic and achillean characters alike, and brief comments on countless genders and non-gendered pronouns in spoken Mandarin. Lindberg pointed out that medieval bestiaries were rich in symbolism and allegory, so as to teach moral lessons and entertain, rather than to convey knowledge of the natural world. These include Orphic poetry from the past, contemporary musical settings, and bestiary writing from its origins to the present. I wanted to bring a similar playful energy, and in the novel, I tried experimenting with form by incorporating footnotes, vignettes, and oral histories, creating a queer and matriarchal story in which the narrator doesn’t necessarily need to look to the “outside” world for what’s possible – rather, she grapples with what she’s inherited, deciding what lineages she wants to be a part of.Chang also comes from a poetry background and some of her poemy prose felt a little, I don't know, MFA-y to me, such as her penchant for surprising verbs: "buildings toothpicked the sky" "our shadows sharked across the floor" - but YMMV for that style - I did really like it sometimes.

And for years I imagined she was blowing them up, shearing open their bellies and burying dynamite inside, necklaces of boymeat dangling from the trees. Told by many voices, BESTIARY is a queer, transnational fairy tale whose irresistible heroine is a Taiwanese American baby dyke.And from this fable, we have the image of the sun and the moon, the living and the dead, a cycle that repeats itself, opposites with the same roots, and blood and that everything is alive. There are a lot of very heavy themes tackled here such as finding cultural identity in an environment, not of your ancestors, sexuality, poverty, and generational curses. Growing up in America, Daughter defines herself through the matrilineal myths of her Taiwanese heritage. I initially read BESTIARY in ebook format and it didn't help with my reading experience - this format compromised the letters structure and footnotes. Saliva (口水, kǒushǔi) is literally mouth water in Mandarin, and the mouth, the 口, is repeatedly mentioned in the story as a hole.

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