This cross-genre collection of twenty-five short stories and flash fiction pieces explores relationships and periods of transition. A mother questions the limits of her responsibility to her husband and son. A man operates a leaf blower during Chinese New Year, leading to tragic consequences. In speculative stories, a demolition worker dreams of clean air while Kuala Lumpur decays, and a cooking robot attempts to perfect its fried rice for a grieving family. These characters navigate displacement and uncertainties in pursuit of better lives.
By the author of Ripples and Other Stories and the novel The Sum of Our Follies, this new collection boldly imagines scenarios we can only dream of – while subtly tethering us to Malaysian realities we can only sigh at.