Author/Editor: Yong Shu Hoong,Yeow Kai Chai,Phan Ming Yen,Heng Siok Tian
New Pb 176 pp.
Subject: Southeast Asia,Singapore,Fiction
One ancient land. Four writers. Guilt, ruins, loss, fear of change, and forgiveness.
Enter a labyrinth of stories prompted by shared experiences, shaped by different themes, provocations, inspirations, and styles.
Yong Shu Hoong starts this creative relay-race in Angkor Wat, where a fleeting encounter between two strangers creates a bind, entangling diverging lives that oscillate between Cambodia and Singapore.
Heng Siok Tian’s sequence of stories unsettles the perceived boundaries of historical facts, subjective perceptions, subconscious imagination, and dreams.
Retribution, rebirth, relics... noir fiction with Phan Ming Yen’s brand of slow burning domestic horror will reel you into a different realm.
Yeow Kai Chai’s imaginarium walks you on the wild side – along with tourists, macaques and other enigmatic beings – unveiling psychological insights and laying bare the rituals of human behaviour.
About the Authors
Heng Siok Tian has published five collections of poetry: Crossing the Chopsticks and Other Poems (1993), My City, My Canvas (1999),Contouring (2004), Is My Body a Myth (2011) and Mixing Tongues (2011). Her poems have been anthologised in publications such as Journeys: Words, Home and Nation, No Other City: An Anthology of Urban Poetry and Moving Worlds. She also wrote short stories and short plays. She was a Fellow with the Iowa International Writing Program in 2000 (on a National Arts Council Fellowship). She also participated in literary events in China, Denmark, France, the US and the Philippines.
Phan Ming Yen is the author of a collection of short fiction, That Night by the Beach and Other Stories for A Film Score (2012), and co-compiler of Edwin Thumboo: Bibliography 1952–2008 (2009). His writing has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One (2013) and Kulit: Asian Literature for the Language Classroom (2013). He was also a contributor to the recently published Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014). Phan is at present CEO-designate of Global Cultural Alliance, a not-for profit cultural diplomacy agency.
Yeow Kai Chai has two poetry collections, Secret Manta (2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize; and Pretend I’m Not Here (2006). His poems have appeared in publications such as the US-based W.W. Norton anthology, Language for a New Century (2008), and France’s La Traductiere (2012), while his short stories are featured in Balik Kampung (2012) and Twenty-Four Flavours (2013). A former journalist and a music reviewer for Th e Straits Times, he also edits creative prose for Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His third poetry collection, One to the Dark Tower Comes, is forthcoming.
Yong Shu Hoong has published five poetry collections including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2006 and 2014 respectively. His poems have been included in literary journals like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Asia Literary Review, and anthologies like Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). He has contributed short fiction to anthologies like Balik Kampung (2012), and edited the anthology, Passages: Stories of Unspoken Journeys (2013). He works as a freelance writer for publications like Esquire Singapore, and teaches part-time in Nanyang Technological University and Republic Polytechnic.
“The Adopted is a delightful read…turning the pages is like turning a kaleidoscope, getting different perspectives from a shared experience, with certain images recurring to provide connectivity and continuity…Very short stories are not the easiest to write, and to write within a set of guidelines, is even more challenging.In Angkor, the four - all with impressive literary credentials - have pulled off magnificently this acid test to their creativity.”
—Ismail Kassim, former senior correspondent at The Straits Times
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