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The Teardrop Story Woman

The Teardrop Story Woman
  • Author(s): Catherine Lim
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

Story is set to the backdrop of 1950’s Malaya, at the height of communist guerilla activity. A married chinese women, Mei Kwei falls in love with a priest who saves the wowen caught with Mei’s husband from public embarressment.

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands
  • Author(s): Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya), United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 20th century

Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s memoir is a courageously frank and deeply affecting account of a Malaysian girlhood and of the making of an Asian-American woman. With insight, candor, and grace, Lim lays bare the material poverty and family violence of...

Sweet Offerings

Sweet Offerings
  • Author(s): Chan Ling Yap
  • Location(s): Kuala Lumpur
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): late 1930s and 1960s

Set in the late 1930s and 1960s, this is the tale of Mei Yin, a young Chinese girl from an impoverished family. Her destiny is shaped when she is sent to Kuala Lumpar to become the ward and companion...

The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy

The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy
  • Author(s): Anthony Burgess
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): post WW2

A sweetly satiric look at the twilight days of colonialism. Set in postwar Malaya at the time when people and governments alike are bemused and dazzled by the turmoil of independence, this three-part novel is rich in hilarious comedy...

The Rice Mother

The Rice Mother
  • Author(s): Rani Manicka
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): around WW2

A compelling glimpse into a captivatingly exotic world of myth and magic. Beguiled by promises of wealth, fourteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and marriage to a man many years her senior. But Ayah has lied to...

Evening Is the Whole Day

Evening Is the Whole Day
  • Author(s): Preeta Samarasan
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

‘A magical, exuberant tragic-comic vision of post-colonial Malaysia reminiscent of Rushdie and Roy. In prose of acrobatic grace, Samarasan conjures a vibrant portrait, by turns intimate and sweeping, of characters and a country coming of age. The debut of...

Though I Get Home

Though I Get Home
  • Author(s): Y Z Chin
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

Fourteen short stories intertwine in Chin’s beautiful, visceral collection. In the early 21st century, Isabella “Isa” Sin, 28, wants to be a writer. Instead, she’s imprisoned in her native Malaysia for writing an obscene poem that supports the leader...

Circumstance

Circumstance
  • Author(s): Rosie Milne
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1920s

What happens when an adoring young bride is met on the doorstep of her new home by her husband s former mistress? Frank, Rose and Nony are about to find out. It is 1924 and the British rule Malaya....

The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite...

The Concubine’s Child

The Concubine’s Child
  • Author(s): Carol Jones
  • Location(s): Kuala Lumpur
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s and contemporary

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...

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