A novella by K-Ming Chang
May 21, 2024 • 4.5 x 7 • 144 Pages • 9781566897075
An erotic, surreal novella from the author of Organ Meats and Bestiary.
Seven, who works as a cleaner at a chiropractor’s office, reencounters Cecilia, a woman who has obsessed her since their school days. As the two of them board the same bus—each dubiously claiming not to be following the other—their chance meeting spurs a series of intensely vivid and corporeal memories. As past and present bleed together, Seven can feel her desire begin to unmoor her from the flow of time.
Smart, subversive, and gripping, Cecilia is a winding, misty road trip through bodily transformation, the inextricable histories of violence and love, and the ghosts of girlhood friendship.
About the Author
K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award winner, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and an O. Henry Prize winner. She is the author of Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), Bone House (Bull City Press, 2021), Gods of Want (One World, 2022), and Organ Meats (One World, 2023). Her books have been New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selections, included on the New York Times Notable Books list, and considered for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She can be found at kmingchang.com.
Praise for Cecilia
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"The work of reading this book leaves the reader with the same feeling one has after eating a particularly indulgent meal—satiation, with the knowledge of more hunger to come." —Kirkus Reviews
"A surreal cascade of girlhood memories about desire, queerness, and obsession. Cecilia is at once erotic and repulsive, carnal and tasty. In a word: delicious." —McKayla Coyle, Literary Hub
“The fantastic and the mundane marry each other like crows on the phantasmagoric pages of Cecilia. K-Ming Chang’s work is bioluminescent and breathtaking. Sharply written and ecologically aware, Cecilia is a magnificent, magical work that will redefine speculative writing for years to come.” —Vi Khi Nao
“An incendiary look at desire's ability to bind and destroy. Fierce, erotic, devastating: Cecilia is a work of genius.” —Brynne Rebele-Henry
“K-Ming Chang’s spell-binding tale of queer desire moved me to tears by the end. Seven’s obsession with Cecilia is rendered through lyrical prose that startled and disarmed me, reminding me of how vulnerable and frightening it is to want someone you are destined to lose. The narrative voice got under my skin and I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters’ fierce hunger for the freedom to be themselves.” —Nghiem Tran
“Cecilia is one of those rare reads bursting with staggering imagination and poetry that makes you feel you're having an out-of-body experience with the turn of every page. Not only that, it's also incredibly profound, often disturbing and funny.” —Fernando A. Flores
“Rowdy and razor-sharp, luminescent and enchanting, K-Ming Chang is an utter master of the strange intimacies of the body. To read her work feels like shining a flashlight, finally, on the secret desires and aches that you've always wanted to glimpse.” —Alexandra Kleeman
Praise for Bestiary
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award
Longlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
“Full of magic realism that reaches down your throat, grabs hold of your guts and forces a slow reckoning with what it means to be a foreigner, a native, a mother, a daughter—and all the things in between.” —The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Gods of Want
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award
“In the genre of feminine madness, these stories are to be worshiped. They are fearless, hysterical, violent yet full of grace. Each sentence escalates toward devastating, poetic insight about our bodies, about cultural demands both treasured and feared, and about what makes being alive a terror and a joy.” —Venita Blackburn