Shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 (English, Fiction)
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Japanese troops invade Malaya and Singapore in 1942, ransacking a village, leaving three survivors including a child.
17-year-old Wang Di is sent from a neighbouring village to a Japanese military brothel, and her experiences haunt her after decades of silence.
In 2000, Kevin overhears a mumbled confession from his ailing grandmother. He attempts to discover the truth, setting unforeseen events in motion.
This evocative debut opens a window on a little-known period in history, and introduces a thrilling new writer.
About the Author
Jing-Jing Lee was born and raised in Singapore and graduated from Oxford’s Creative Writing Masters in 2011. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various journals and anthologies. Her novella If I Could Tell You was published by Marshall Cavendish and her debut poetry collection And Other Rivers was published by Math Paper Press. Lee’s work comes from a wish for lesser-heard voices to be included in the mainstream narrative. She now lives in Amsterdam with her husband.
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 252
Year Published: 2019