All Roads Lead to Blood

Unflinching and compelling portrayals of desire fill this award-winning story collection by Bonnie Chau. Chau explores the lives of young women, focusing on love, heritage, and memory, presenting fresh perspectives 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 unique characters who defiantly exert their individuality.

Selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the 2040 Books Awards Program by Mat Johnson.


Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she formerly ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA. She received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University, with a joint concentration in translation, focusing on French and Chinese fiction. A Kundiman fellow and former bookseller, she is currently assistant web editor at Poets & Writers in New York City.


Praise for All Roads Lead to Blood:

“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

“Chau’s stories [are] a straight shot into the deepest recesses of my body…masterful.”

 —Anelise Chen, author of So Many Olympic Exertions

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