Winner of the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Sukhin is a thirty-five-year-old teacher who lives alone. His life consists of reading, working and visiting his parents’ to rearrange his piles of “collectibles”. He has only one friend, another teacher who has managed to force Sukhin into a friendship by sheer doggedness.
While on an errand one afternoon in Chinatown, he encounters a homeless person who recognises him. This chance reunion turns Sukhin’s well-planned life upside down, and the pair learns about love and sacrifice over their shared fondness for cake.
"It reveals a whole side of Singapore that many people in Singapore may not be aware of, with a dry sense of humour and a deep understanding of human difficulties and the problems faced by Singapore as an urban centre."
—Professor Rajeev S. Patke, director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College
"This novel about a teacher and a homeless person is so “Singaporean” in a tender, sometimes painful, even bitchy and surprisingly funny way, which many sensitive Singaporean readers may appreciate, especially in the manner that personal relationships are shaped—or shaken—by our deeply entrenched cultural conditionings."
—Cyril Wong, poet and fictionist, in "My Book of the Year 2019", Singapore Unbound
"This is the book that readers in Singapore didn’t realise they longed for — a tale, told by a storyteller, not pretending to signify anything but itself. And in doing so, Jo-ann Yeoh invites us into the world — of teachers, love, loss, cake — she has brought forth. And we, and our worlds, are so much richer for it."
—Jeremy Fernando, reader and writer, in "My Book of the Year 2019", Singapore Unbound
About the Author
Yeoh Jo-Ann is the winner of the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Formerly a features editor at SPH Magazines, she is currently a client operations director with a digital marketing agency. Her fiction has been anthologised in We R Family, In Transit and Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three.
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 234
Year Published: 2019