‰ۢ Set against a backdrop of the Maria Hertogh race riots in Singapore and Malaysia
‰ۢ Explores the greatest love of all: a mother‰۪s love for her child
It is 1950 Singapore and the worst riots the island has ever seen have shut down the town for days, killing 18 people and wounding 173. Racial and religious tension has been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents.
Eurasian Annie Collins, following the Maria Hertogh case and filled with hope, returns to Singapore seeking her own lost baby Maria. As the time bomb ticks and Annie unravels the threads of her quest into increasingly dangerous territory, she finds strange recollections intruding, ones that have nothing to do with her own memories of her wartime experiences: disturbing visions and dreams which force her to doubt not just her past life, but her whole idea of who she truly is and even to question the search itself.
Finding Maria is at once a mother‰۪s quest for her child, an unravelling mystery and a journey into suppressed memory and the nature of self-delusion.ISBN: 9781912049240
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 336
Year Published: 2017