Sweetlings: A Tor.com Original

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"Sweetlings" by Lucy Taylor is about a small enclave of people living on the shrunken east coast of the United States, surviving and evolving as Earth’s seas rise.

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Lucy Taylor is the author of several novels and over one hundred short stories, including “In the Cave of the Delicate Singers,” published by Tor.com. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Peel Back the Skin, Fright Mares, Into the Heart of Painfreak, and in “Nightmare Magazine”. An illustrated edition of her Stoker Award-winning novel The Safety of Unknown Cities was published by Overlook Connection Press in 2016. She lives in the high desert outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Macmillan
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Published on
May 3, 2017
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Pages
32
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ISBN
9780765396525
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Language
English
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Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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