Here’s our latest Story of the Week…
As the title implies, this short story by Gina Chung is a step-by-step instruction manual for cooking and eating one’s own heart.
Published in Catapult in April 2021. (1,418 words)
Why We Love It:
“How to Eat Your Own Heart” is not just a recipe, it’s a conversation about the consuming of self, as well as the remaking and re-becoming of self. Chung ties family ancestry and shared matrilineal generational traumas to the body, paralleling physical and figurative blood in a guide to regeneration.
“If you don’t know your grandmother’s name, don’t call your mother to ask. Instead, remember that being able to know the first names of your elders is a luxury; speaking them aloud, even if to yourself, is a small heresy.”
- Gina Chung’s Publications
- Sea Change, a novel by Gina Chung
- “Just One Thing with Gina Chung” (Split Lip Mag)
- Conversation with Gina Chung (Kenyon Review)
- Ursa’s Story of the Week Archive
—Story selected by Marina Leigh
Marina Leigh is a queer, biracial writer and photographer born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and she is currently earning her MFA in poetry as the Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi.