The Runaway Restaurant


Product Details

$19.99  $18.59
7.13 Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.43 inches | 0.54 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Tessa Yang's stories have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Joyland, Foglifter, and elsewhere. Her flash fiction was included in Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2018 and 2019. She received her MFA from Indiana University and currently lives in upstate New York, where she teaches creative writing at Hartwick College and is at work on a novel. The Runaway Restaurant is her debut collection. Find her online at, or follow her on Twitter: @ThePtessadactyl.


"Dream-drenched and sinuous, the stories in Tessa Yang's The Runaway Restaurant sing with the weird magic of being alive. Yang conveys both humor and heartache with equal grace-and every glimmering gem of a story reveals another avenue we might take to find ourselves, our shared humanity. This collection is an absolute delight."

-- Allegra Hyde, author of Eleutheria

"Reading The Runaway Restaurant is like sifting through a series of exquisite dreams-these stories are shimmering, inventive, and beautifully layered. Tessa Yang is a bold and gifted writer, and this is a stunning debut."

-- Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

"Through cybernetic implants, weather-bending superpowers, and a world-ending plague, Yang deftly illuminates the contours of fractured childhoods, of human alienation and desire. Yang's voice is so assured and compelling that, while reading The Runaway Restaurant, I had the rare experience of not wondering if the next story would be good, but assuming it would be. I make the same assumption of her future books. This is a writer to watch."

-- Kim Fu, author of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

"In The Runaway Restaurant, Tessa Yang writes stories so nimble and sharp you don't notice how deeply they've buried their claws until the last page. Mothers and daughters hurt and love each other in equal measure, teenagers fiercely seek love and freedom, and a world of the marvelous and strange feels, briefly, so very real. A delight of a book, I couldn't stop after just one story, I wanted to keep living in Yang's complex and deeply felt worlds."

-- Gwen E. Kirby, author of Shit Cassandra Saw

"Witches, dragons that tell you your flaws, lost princesses, pandemic apocalypses, biohacking, ghosts, and more! Tessa Yang delights with whimsy and bravery, her magical conceits probing the human heart's quest for love, laying bare how we fumble desperately toward each other."

-- Brenda Peynado, author of The Rock Eaters