The Descartes Highlands, 2009 Shortlist
Eric Gamalinda currently divides his time between family in Manila and work in New York. His writing awards include the Asian American Literary Award, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize, the Philippine National Book Award, the Asiaweek short story prize, and several Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. He teaches at Columbia University and also assists a non-profit organization offering music education to inner-city public schools.
The Descartes Highlands is about three bi-racial men living in different cities around the world who are haunted by the same rumour - that they were sold for adoption by their American father. The novel explores the idea of circular time and cosmic indifference, and how people learn to live in a world of loneliness.