Organ Meats: A Novel (Paperback)

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Two girls are bound by red string and canine heritage in this vivid tale about female companionship and loyalty, from the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Gods of Want.

“[K-Ming Chang has the] ability to take a common, decidedly earthbound, experience and transform it through her lens into a fantastical, otherworldly encounter.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Best friends Anita and Rainie find refuge by an old sycamore tree with its neighboring lot of stray dogs who have a mysterious ability to communicate with humans. The girls learn that they are preceded by generations of dog-headed women and woman-headed dogs whose bloodlines bind them together. Anita convinces Rainie to become a dog with her, tying a collar of red string around each of their necks to preserve their kinship forever. But when the two girls are separated, Anita sinks into a dreamworld that only Rainie knows how to rescue her from. As Anita’s body begins to rot, it is up to Rainie to rebuild Anita’s body and keep her friend from being lost forever. 

Filled with ghosts and bodily entrails, this is a story about the horror and beauty of intimacy, written in K-Ming Chang’s signature poetic and visceral lore.

About the Author

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the novel Bestiary, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Praise For…

Praise for National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 prize honoree K-Ming Chang

“Magnificent . . . Chang’s hallucinogenic prose is wild and alive, a savage yawp of liberating beastliness in the face of all that would seek to yoke her heroes to the dreary laws of man. Exhibiting her surreal bona fides, Chang proves herself a worthy heir to Leonora Carrington and Unica Zürn.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

Organ Meats is one of those rare novels that immediately seizes your attention because of its ferocity, its rawness, and its sheer poetic brilliance. A haunting and feverish exploration of a very complex (and somewhat disturbing) friendship, I read this book wide eyed with such wonder. My breath became ragged and loose as I raced through chapter after chapter. Every page of this book is an untreated, blackening wound, each printed word is sharp enough to draw the darkest blood. Certainly one of the most inventive and visceral novelists I’ve encountered in quite some time, K-Ming Chang’s imagination is as rich as it is boundless. I am now a devoted fan.”—Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

“[K-Ming Chang has the] ability to take a common, decidedly earthbound, experience and transform it through her lens into a fantastical, otherworldly encounter.”San Francisco Chronicle

“One of our most enchanting storytellers today . . . From every first sentence, she has you hooked.”—Literary Hub

“Chang is singular amongst us all. . . . [She] not only accomplishes narrative reinvention in her writing—she builds upon what feels achievable on the page. Chang shows us different ways of being.”—Bryan Washington for Electric Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593447345
ISBN-10: 0593447344
Publisher: One World
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English