Winner for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Questions abound in the aftermath of the Little India riot. Hashwini wonders if she triggered the chaos. Jessica asks if she should reveal what truly happened in the ambulance. Sharon thinks that the catastrophe could be what she needs to boost her political career.
The lives of three women intertwine when accident and coincidence collide. In Gimme Lao!-style hilarity, they become wrapped up in a web of truth, deception and political connections. This is a perceptive, fast-paced romp that asks “what if” of the riot that recently shook Singapore.
“Pegged to the Little India riots, Sebastian Sim’s The Riot Act is a surrealistic retelling that strikes at the heart of cynicism driving Singapore’s culture wars; interwoven stories poke entertainingly at our country’s political shenanigans, but satire becomes brutal realist fiction when we realise the author is merely holding up a tilted mirror to everything that is wrong with our society.”
— Cyril Wong, Judge, Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 224
Year Published: 2018