K-Ming Chang


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Vintage Publishing
6 June 2024
ISBN: 9781787304345
144 pages

From the publisher

A visceral, bite-size novella from a rising Asian American literary star with a striking, surreal, irreverent voice - one of the '5 under 35' National Book Award honorees

'Hauntingly beautiful' GLAMOUR
'Rowdy and razor-sharp' ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN

An erotic, surreal novella about the ecstasies of intense friendships and obsessive love

Seven, who works as a cleaner at a chiropractor’s office, re-encounters Cecilia, a woman who has obsessed her since their school days.

As the two of them board the same bus – each dubiously claiming not to be following the other – their chance meeting spurs a series of intensely vivid and corporeal memories. As past and present bleed together, Seven can feel her desire begin to unmoor her from the flow of time.

Smart, subversive and gripping, Cecilia is a winding, misty road trip through bodily transformation, inextricable histories of violence and love, and the ghosts of girlhood friendship.



‘Chang’s prose ravishes, ravages, rampages. An absolute lightning strike of a debut’ Kelly Link

‘To read K-Ming Chang is to see the world in fresh, surreal technicolour… wild and lyrical, visionary and touching’ Sharlene Teo

‘Fierce and funny, full of magic and grit’ Tash Aw


‘Blisteringly alive and unapologetically queer’ Guardian

‘Strange, hilarious and unforgettable… a gift and a masterclass’ Bryan Washington

‘Chang rewrites the world as a place of radical transformation’ New York Times Book Review