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Organ Meats

By K-Ming Chang
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Publisher Description

“In the phenomenal Organ Meats, two friends are bound by a red string, dog bloodlines, and the violence that is being a girl” (Ms. magazine)—from the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Gods of Want.

Organ Meats possesses something of the febrile intensity of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, their laser focus on female friendship, but instead of Naples, K-Ming Chang’s wild girls inhabit a magical universe of talking dogs and shape-shifting body parts.”—The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)


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.

20 Reviews

Thinking Face
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenOriginal writingUnpredictableImmersive settingThought-provokingViolence
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This book is incredibly beautiful. It's really a magical picture of feral girlhood that was so heartbreaking while somehow like making almost zero sense. Highly metaphorical and reliant on symbolic literary devices instead of reality. I think my favorite was a child's description of a cement mixer as "a giant gray wasp grinding up larvae and secreting jelly, thats how sidewalk is made". It unsettled me so much because I felt like it was actually written from the perspective of a child. The nonsensical-ness and the logic was so realistically child-like. A lovely book about women and our bodies, ghosts, and ownership.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenUnpredictableBeautiful settingComing of ageDarkHeartbreaking
“What if we were both girls, and we were dogs? Oh man this is a hard one for me to rate. The prose is beautiful and repellent - it’s an unpleasant book to read by design. Am I glad I read it? Yeah. Will I read it again? Ehhh……”

About K-Ming Chang

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.

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