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Elizabeth Tan and Jon Gresham

In This Desert, There Were Seeds

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Edited by Elizabeth Tan and Jon Gresham

Mysterious watermelons and telepathic tigers feature in these short stories by writers across Singapore and Western Australia, asked to imagine the future in light of climate change, political awakening, and other seismic shifts.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 232


Endangered tigers connecting telepathically through time-travel; a guard’s ethical dilemma at a history museum; a slaughterhouse worker’s memories of his dead wife; a monochrome town upended by a wild watermelon.

In This Desert, There Were Seeds is an intimate collection of past and future dreams, featuring exciting new and established literary voices from Western Australia and Singapore. From our shifting sense of community and identity, to our frustrations with existing political, social and economic structures—this anthology transcends boundaries and captures the persistence of ordinary lives in deserts literal and metaphorical.

Read if you: enjoy the literary equivalent of an international buffet.