Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories

Publisher: Epigram Books
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A woman learns of a friend’s illness and wonders if she ever truly knew him. A boy who sees ghosts heeds the advice of a fortune-teller, with surprising consequences. A girl wakes up and realises everybody in her Bedok neighbourhood has vanished. From Cyril Wong, award-winning author of The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza, comes another beautiful book about characters in crisis, with two stories crossing intriguingly into creative autobiography.

Recommended by the National Library Board, Singapore and Ministry of Communications and Information

“Better known for his award-winning poetry, Cyril Wong delivers a medley of prose. High notes of the collection include the titular story, apparently autobiographical, and Cinema, the wistful story of two people separated by wealth and class but united in loneliness.”
— Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times

“An eclectic collection of short stories that is original and often deeply moving.”
— Dave Chua, author of The Beating and Other Stories

“Cyril Wong’s largely character-driven stories demonstrate clearly how they are inspired, in each case, when a personality passes through a moment of crisis, as in the tales of R. K. Narayan. Whether his people are young or adult, female or male, gay or straight, there is always a struggle and a revelation. Sometimes there is no resolution. Cyril writes with insight and sympathy about people in a Singapore spectrum that readers can identify with.”
— Robert Yeo, playwright and author of The Adventures of Holden Heng

Wong’s most recent work – and possibly his last – is a sensitive, introspective read, occasionally upsetting, but also enjoyable and surprisingly riveting…Literature fans should grab a copy of this book and pin it proudly on their support pole, perhaps to remind the prolific writer of the imminent loss in the local literature scene should he hoist the white flag.
—Melissa Chang, npTribune

ISBN: 9789814615082
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 192
Year Published: 2014
Language: English

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