The Minorities

Publisher: Epigram Books

Winner of the 2019 Singapore Book Awards Best Book Cover Design

Meet the four misfits living in one HDB flat. 

One is a Malay–Jew who is trying to get his father to come back as a ghost. Cantona is a promising Bangladeshi artist on the run from a construction company. Tights is a Chinese illegal immigrant with a Forrest Gump obsession. And Shanti is a gifted Indian lab technician hiding from her abusive husband.

When a forlorn pontianak begins haunting them, the four friends find themselves embroiled in a surreal showdown that may just upend the world, or at least Singapore.

Written in Suffian Hakim's trademark humour, The Minorities is a novel about those living on the edges of society and their soulful bond.

Advance Praise
"Undoubtedly one of the most whimsical, creative and unpretentious young voices in Singapore literature."
The Straits Times

"A winning, roaring read!"
—Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, author of Singular Acts of Endearment

“Buckle up for a joyful, wild ride in Suffian Hakim’s inimitable terrain of transmigrating pontianaks, telekinetic apparitions and guided group therapy for supernatural beings with issues.”
—Sebastian Sim, author of Let’s Give it Up for Gimme Lao! and The Riot Act

“Not only is this an action-packed horror comedy coming-of-age road trip novel—it's also a story about home. What kind of place do we want Singapore to be? A nation of model citizens? Or maybe something like what Suffian imagines: a found family of classless refugees, banding together, regardless of hygiene and visa status, both supranational and supernatural. No one else here is writing quite like this.”
Ng Yi-Sheng, Singapore Literature Prize-winning poet, playwright, journalist, activist and author of Lion City

"Suffian Hakim's literary prowess is like unsolicited spooning. You never thought you needed it, but it's there and it feels good. In his sophomore effort, The Minorities showcases Suffian's signature weighted prose and sophisticated humour—a style that elevates the subject matter into an imaginative plane. Irreverent and relevant as the story lives and breathes and spoons."
—Zul Andra, former editor-in-chief of Esquire and founder of Zul Andra & Partners

ISBN: 9789814655279
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2018
Language: English

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