An absolute ice pick of a collection that uses its surreal and incisive edge to chip away at the toxic mundanity of privilege, while it sculpts the complexities of identity, aimlessness, and feminine desire. A book that will truly – as one of it's protagonists aspires to – "strike fear, into the soft pulsating hearts of golden boys and girls, everywhere."
Unflinching portrayals of desire and alienation fill Bonnie Chau's award-winning story collection. Chau's short fiction explores the lives of young women navigating love, failure, heritage, and memory, and presents a fresh perspective of second-generation Chinese-Americans. Moving back and forth between California and New York, and ranging as far away as Paris, Chau’s exquisitely written stories are bold, highly imaginative, and haunting, featuring characters who defiantly exert their individuality.
About the Author
Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she formerly ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA. She received her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University. A Kundiman fellow, she works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers.
“Chau's stories [are] a straight shot into the deepest recesses of my body…masterful.” —Anelise Chen, author of So Many Olympic Exertions
"Chau's voice is strong, the stories tense. Readers should snatch this collection up." —Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day
"The intensity and desire of youth, with the wisdom of wild imagination, fill these wonderful stories by Chau. This unforgettable, stellar debut kept surprising me with fantastical turns, and sharp, unsettling insights." —Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances
"Chau is a writer of sharp intelligence who cannot help but to build life—messy and raw and real—on the page. A remarkable debut." —Ben Marcus, author of Leaving the Sea
"I loved these leaky, sexy, witty stories of displacement and translation, of dutiful daughters and secret selves changing shapes and fragmenting." —Kate Zambreno, author of O Fallen Angel
"Brilliant and strange, Chau's arresting short stories delve into the emotional and sexual lives of second-generation Chinese-American women... Chau is a distinctive voice." —Kirkus
"...an exhilarating debut...honest and arresting. All Roads Lead to Blood will ring true to anyone who feels like they’re lingering on the path toward figuring themselves out." —Arianna Rebolini, Buzzfeed
"All Roads Lead to Blood is a strong offering that masterfully explores both the power and the pain of female sexuality." —Jesi Buell, Heavy Feather Review
"Selected as a 'most anticipated book of September.'" —Coil Magazine
All Roads Lead to Blood heralds a writer who is up and coming. Chau’s debut collection [is] unafraid to be what it is—an important entry into the conversations of women and people of color and the issues they face, an invitation to observe and engage. —Will Rincon, Sinkhole