During the Christmas holidays in 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggers a tsunami that devastates fourteen countries. Two couples from Singapore are vacationing in Phuket when the tsunami strikes. Alternating between the aftermath of the catastrophe and past events that led these characters to that fateful moment, Now That It’s Over weaves a tapestry of causality and regret, and chronicles the physical and emotional wreckage wrought by natural and manmade disasters.
“This novel has breadth, and at its core is a very interesting exploration of Singaporean Chinese childhoods and adolescences.”
—Philip Holden, editor of Writing Singapore and Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2015 judge
“A heart-stopping elegy to the unrelenting tragedy of time, the trauma of impermanence, set against the backdrop of a tsunami that devastated Thailand's coastlines. O Thiam Chin's characters are tested for their resilience and courage as relationships and self-deceptions are unforgettably wrung to the breaking point.”
—Cyril Wong, author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me
Page Count: 272
Year Published: 2016