A thought-provoking and sometimes startling anthology which explores issues challenging Singaporeans: identity, emigration, education, cultural differences, class divisions, heritage, individualism…
Stand Alone was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and highly-commended in the National Book Development Council Book Awards. The story ‘My Cousin Tim’ was selected for READ!Singapore.
“Tay writes with the clarifty of mind of a Singaporean who is at peace with himself and who knows his own place. There is a centre of experience from which Tay draws to craft his characters, a centre which is identifiably Singaporean and yet which possesses the breath of vision of the universal. Stand Alone apparently marks the beginning of a new literary wave.”
—Mary Loh in www.postcolonialweb.org
“Tay seeks to create a Singapore identity out of the brew of heterogeneous immigrants and indigenous Malays... [He] takes the stories and myths of all the people – from the Ramayana, the Bible, Chinese culture, et cetera – to retell, revise and requestion/requisition them.”
—Peter Nazareth in World Literature Today
Cover Type: Softcover
Year Published: 2011