Finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
At the tender age of six, Gimme Lao had already adopted the following motto: “I don’t aspire to be nice. I do what is necessary to get what I want.”
Born on the night of the nation’s independence, he was cheated of the honour of being Singapore’s firstborn son by a vindictive nurse. This would be the first of three things Gimme never knew about himself. The second thing was the circumstances surrounding his parents’ marriage, and the third was the profound (but often unintentional) impact he had on other people’s lives.
Talented, determined and focused, young Gimme was confident he could sail the seven seas. What he did not anticipate was that his vessel would have to carry the ambition of his mother, the guilt of his wife and the secret of his son. Tracing social, economical and political issues over the past 50 years, this humorous novel uses Gimme as a hapless centre to expose all of Singapore’s ambitions, dirty linen and secret moments of tender humanity.ISBN: 9789814757324
Page Count: 320
Year Published: 2016