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January 2023: Gods of Want

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Order the book through your local bookstore, online, or check your local library for digital and physical loans.

Here are contextual links for the book and author.

Guiding questions:

  • How does the author use myth in these short stories? Discuss the ways they inform our reading of the stories and who it’s for (audience).

  • Weaved through the stories is the theme of memories, real, imagined, mythically transformed. How does the way Chang uses memory transform our experiences of reading?

  • How are mothers represented in these stories? What mother and daughter relationships resonated with you?

  • Stories about the relationship between mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws are ubiquitous in Asian (Asian American) literature/media (as well as African literature). How does this compare to American literature? What representations can you think of?

  • Another theme in this collection is queerness. Discuss Chang’s views of queerness – what offerings does she give us in this collection? How is it represented and how does it compare/contrast with other representations of queer Asian American narratives you’ve read before?

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