THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE
In this brilliant retelling of the Singapore Story, Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew blurs the lines between reality and fiction as he traces Charlie Chan's life in Singapore, before and after it becomes the hyper-modern metropolis and island city-state.
With a dazzling array of genres, styles and forms, The Art of Charlie Chan is an exhilarating, funny and moving tale that pushes the boundaries of the comic book medium.
Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
Translated by Shaffiq Selmat
The turmoil and uncertainty in post-war Singapore is seen through the eyes of a young village boy, Adi. Even though the villagers have few material goods, they are contented. However, gang rights, racial tensions and political upheavals have affected everyone – even those in Adi’s village – as the country finds itself coming to grips with the new world order.
IF IT WERE UP TO MRS DADA
An ordinary Singaporean woman with an extraordinary past is living in a nursing home. The problem? She has dementia and doesn’t even know it …
When Cheryl Dada she pokes her nose into everybody’s business as they prepare for her birthday party, she becomes aware of a strange man who visits her. But just who is he?
An ambitious lyrical novel, If It Were Up To Mrs Dada addresses that fact of life we sometimes fear: ageing.
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THE LAST IMMIGRANT
Lau Siew Mei
Ismael, a Singaporean Muslim, immigrates to Australia and settles in a bucolic Brisbane community. Ironically, his job is to decide whether asylum seekers get to stay in the country – a dilemma that reminds him of his own immigrant status.
But his life takes on the hue of a nightmare when a neighbour commits suicide, his wife dies, his daughter runs off, his Siamese cat disappears, and he receives an anonymous note: “We were here first …”
Just what can Ismael do?
LOVE, LIES AND INDOMEE
Translated by Zedeck Siew
Determined Jakarta girl Ratu needs a boyfriend – now. She can’t stand her mother’s nagging, and she’d rather die than be forced into an arranged marriage. When she meets a stranger online, Ratu thinks she’s found Mr Right ... until she nds out he's a freeloading bum. Desperate to get her parents off her back, Ratu hires the handsome Hans as a fake boyfriend. But falling in love wasn't part of the plan ...
In this hilarious satirical novel, a Malay- Chinese-Muslim-Jewish Singaporean shares a flat with Cantona, a promising Bangladeshi artist on the run from a construction company; Tights, an illegal immigrant from China obsessed with Forrest Gump; and Shanti, an Indian lab technician hiding from her husband.
When a forlorn ghost, known as a pontianak, begins haunting them, the four friends find themselves embroiled in a showdown that may just upend the world.
India, 1944: Nimita Khosla yearns to attend university to become an engineer. However, her parents want a different life for her. As she accepts her fate and marries, religious upheaval is splitting the country and forcing her family to find a new home.
Singapore, 2014: Her granddaughter, molecular biologist Nimita Sachdev, flees the prospect of an arranged marriage in India, but finds uncertainty in her new home of Singapore, where she faces rising anger against immigrants.
REGRETTABLE THINGS THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
Actions and consequences take on deeper meaning in these 10 colourful stories that are all linked by the motif of newspapers. From a teenager discovering his grandfather's secret dark past to a man tasked with bringing his estranged brother’s corpse home to a reporter torn between doing what her editor wants and respecting her friend’s privacy after a murder occurs, the stories question whether there a “right” or “wrong” answer when it comes to the question of Life?
General fiction, short stories
THIS COULD BE HOME
What might Somerset Maugham write if he were watching East and West mingling around the Palm Court at Singapore’s Raffles Hotel? And how have Singapore and its iconic, intimate white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world? Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles Hotel over 35 years and the fast-ascending city around it, best-selling author PicoIyer – whom Outside magazine calls "arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" – offers a seasoned observer's meditations and draws the curtains on a personal, thoughtful look at places we too often take for granted.