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Here’s an Excerpt From Repeller Book Club’s Pick ‘Bestiary

Here's an Excerpt From Repeller Book Club's Pick 'Bestiary

Last week, I announced the second pick of the Repeller Book Club, cue the symphonic, exultant air horns!! This time around, we’re reading Bestiary, the lyric and luminary debut novel by poet K-Ming Chang about mothers, daughters, myths, migration, and tiger tails. Today, we’re publishing a short excerpt to give you a taste of the moving and utterly unique writing—and to further encourage you to place your order. That way, you can join in our exciting adventure in book clubbery and read one of the most special books of the year alongside this community of literary bad boys/cowboys/librarians/Mamas & the Papas/florists/tennis coaches/terrestrials/extraterrestrials/thestrals/etc. that make up this book club!!

See you there & love you so much already,

– Sarah Panlibuton Barnes, Senior Editor, Book Club Host, and The Friend Your Mom Would Totally Love, at Repeller.


Chapter 1

Mother

Journey to the West (I)

Or: A Story of Warning for My Only Daughter 

Moral: Don’t Bury Anything.

Ba doesn’t know where he buried the gold. Ma chases him around and beats him with her soup ladle. You’ve never been to a funeral, but this is what it looks like: four of us in the backyard, digging where our shadows have died. A shovel for Ba, a soup ladle for Ma, a spoon for me and Jie to share. We dig with what we don’t want—piss buckets, a stolen plunger, the hands we pray with. We even use…

Here’s an Excerpt From Repeller Book Club’s Pick ‘Bestiary – Repeller

Last week, I announced the second pick of the Repeller Book Club, cue the symphonic, exultant air horns!! This time around, we’re reading Bestiary, the lyric and luminary debut novel by poet K-Ming Chang about mothers, daughters, myths, migration, and tiger tails.



Here’s an Excerpt From Repeller Book Club’s Pick ‘Bestiary

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