A collection of short stories in two groups. “First” relates closely to the Singapore of the 1990s when an old way of life loses its grip in a fast-changing society. “My Grandfather Tim” – a sequel to “My Cousin Tim” the author’s earlier story which has captured public imagination, unravels the accepted truths of a family’s history. In “Grandmother: A Horror Story”, a man exorcises the domineering spirit of his grandmother. Two women in opposite continents confront who they are expected to be in “A Sisters’ Correspondence”.