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Little Seed (Paperback)

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Finding literary gems from small presses like this quasi-nature-writing-memoir is one of the best parts of bookselling, sharing them is even better. Little Seed begins with Wei Tchou’s concern for her ailing house fern as her brother falls into crisis. What follows is a deep dive into fern knowledge, interspersed with an intimate exploration of race, identity, and her immigrant family, all of which culminates in a Oaxacan cloud forest, as she searches for giant “helechos” and herself. This is brave new literature, unfurling.

— Melinda


"Little Seed is what I want the future of literature to be." --Sam Cohen, author of Sarahland

Little Seed is an experimental memoir that braids together the narrative of the author's relationship with her brother and family with a deeply personal field guide to ferns.

The chapters move associatively, commenting on each other indirectly and drawing out questions of assimilation, race, class, gender, nature and the general problem of being and knowing. When the author's brother has a psychotic break, the rigid structure of the book itself breaks apart and the protagonist adventures to the cloud forest of Oaxaca in order to truly live: to know the world by experiencing it rather than reading about it or following the direction of others. Some persistent themes throughout the book: What does it mean to be Chinese? What is love and how best to love? What really is a fern?

About the Author

Wei Tchou's essays and reporting can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Oxford American, among other publications. She likes to write about food, nature, and the complications of identity. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and has an MFA from Hunter College. She lives in New York City, where she is tending a lemon tree.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646053360
ISBN-10: 1646053362
Publisher: Strange Object
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 150
Language: English