Join us for an afternoon of cake and conversation with bestselling Malaysian author Yeoh Jo-Ann, winner of Singapore publisher Epigram’s Fiction Prize 2018 for her debut novel, Impractical Uses of Cake. She will be at Lit Books to talk about her book with literary podcasters Two Book Nerds Talking, and taking questions from the audience. Book signing to follow after. Also, stand a chance to win one of two copies of the book, courtesy of Epigram!
ABOUT THE NOVEL
Sukhin is a 35-year-old teacher who lives alone. His life consists of reading, working and visiting his parents’ to rearrange his piles of “collectibles”. He has only one friend, another teacher who has managed to force Sukhin into a friendship by sheer doggedness.
While on an errand one afternoon in Chinatown, he encounters a homeless person who recognises him. This chance reunion turns Sukhin’s well-planned life upside down, and the pair learns about love and sacrifice over their shared fondness for cake.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
“It reveals a whole side of Singapore that many people in Singapore may not be aware of, with a dry sense of humour and a deep understanding of human difficulties and the problems faced by Singapore as an urban centre.”
— Professor Rajeev S. Patke, director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College
“Singapore-based Malaysian writer Yeoh Jo-Ann’s winsome debut novel is a confection of serious ingredients iced with whimsy.”
— The Straits Times
“An impressive novel that has cake playing a secondary albeit important role in it. Used to soothe, cajole and impress, Yeoh’s clever use of cakes (they’re delightfully tucked in between her prose) sets the theme of love, loss and redemption in one delicious mix of ingredients.”
— New Straits Times
“Like the tiered cardboard cake on its cover, Impractical Uses of Cake tells a multi-layered, diverse story of Singapore … it stirs in whimsical flavours with its serious subjects.”
— The Weekender Singapore
“This novel has many strengths but chief amongst them is Ms Yeoh’s characterisation of Sukhin, who is surely one of literature’s most charming doormats.”
— Yahoo Lifestyle