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The Concubine’s Child

The Concubine’s Child

Author(s): Carol Jones

Location(s): Kuala Lumpur

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1930s and contemporary

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In 1930s Malaya a sixteen-year-old girl, dreaming of marriage to her sweetheart, is sold as a concubine to a rich old man desperate for an heir. Trapped, and bullied by his spiteful wife, Yu Lan plans to escape with her baby son, despite knowing that they will pursue her to the ends of the earth.

Four generations later, her great-grandson, Nick, will return to Malaysia, looking for the truthbehind the facade of a house cursed by the unhappy past. Nothing can prepare him for what he will find.

This exquisitely rich novel brings to life a vanished world – a world of abandoned ghost houses, inquisitive monkeys, smoky temples and a panoply of gods and demons. A world where a poor girl can be sold to fulfil a rich man’s dream. But though he can buy her body, he can never capture her soul, nor quench her spirit.

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In the 1930s Far East it was tradition for married men to often acquire a concubine or two, even one as young as 16 years old. Sadly, women are still married off at crazily...

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