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Lit Review: ‘Boys Don’t Fry’ by Kimberly Lee

by Elaine Lau Malaysian lawyer-turned-children’s books author Kimberly Lee was just trying her luck. In late 2020, she submitted her picture book in a Twitter pitch contest called PitMad in hopes of attracting the attention of US book agents and editors. But the mother of two boys wasn’t expecting much ...

Lit Review: ‘Falling Animals’ by Sheila Armstrong

by Fong Min Hun I have been a big fan of Sheila Armstrong since coming across her debut collection of short stories, How to Gut a Fish and you can read my review here. In that review, I gushed about the Shirley Jackson-esque flavour of her writing, and marvelled at ...

Lit Recap: ‘The Second Link’ book launch

2023 marks 60 years since the territories of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak were brought together to form Malaysia. Much has transpired in the decades since, not the least of which was the ousting of Singapore from this alliance just a couple years later. Nevertheless, our two nations still share ...

Lit Review: ‘Marzahn, Mon Amour’ by Katja Oskamp

by Fong Min Hun Marzahn, Mon Amour, the Dublin Literary Award 2023 winner by Katja Oskamp (translated by Jo Heinrich), brims with warmth. Part memoir and part collective history, Marzahn is a portrait of the eponymous Berlin district, its inhabitants and Oskamp's relationships with them. It is therefore perplexing that ...