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K-Ming Chang


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Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding debut about one family's desires, violent impulses and buried secrets. One evening, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman's body. It's one of many stories Daughter absorbs from the women in her family. Soon afterwards, Daughter wakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow. Daughter is falling for Ben, a neighbourhood girl who is more bird than tiger and has mysterious stories of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother's letters and the myths that surround them, Daughter must reckon with how deep these stories are buried within her, and what power is rising, violently, through her. She will have to bring her family's secrets to light in order to change their destiny.


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