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Lovelier, Lonelier

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It wasn’t love, really. They were just trying to make something out of their lives. Kyoto, 1996, during the passing of Comet Hyakutake: A runaway from Singapore discovers a woman crying in front of a train station at 5.46am. A Straits Times journalist later arrives with her gallerist friend from Madrid, dreading the reenactment of her mother’s performance art. The lives of these four friends—Isaac, Tori, Jing and Mateo—become entangled as a result of one madcap weekend, when fireworks are inexplicably shot over the Kamo River and people become swept to alternate worlds via public transport. Daryl Qilin Yam’s genre-defying second novel ranges across countries and decades, charting the tributaries of pain we thread with our friends and the arcs of the many stories we tell in order to live.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Daryl
Qilin Yam

Daryl Qilin Yam is the author of the novels Kappa Quartet (2016) and Lovelier, Lonelier (2021), and the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021). He is a co-founder and director of the literary non-profit Sing Lit Station. His prose and poetry have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals, which include Esquire (Singapore), LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, OF ZOOS, QLRS, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

Daryl Qilin Yam is the author of the novels Kappa Quartet (2016) and Lovelier, Lonelier (2021), and the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021). He is a co-founder and director of the literary non-profit Sing Lit Station. His prose and poetry have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals, which include Esquire (Singapore), LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, OF ZOOS, QLRS, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Lovelier, Lonelier is a strong study of character and explores the emotional impact of love and loss in a narrative that spans multiple countries. The writing is self-assured in its ability to connect the various characters through a number of personal tragedies. The novel tackles meaningful themes such as the nature of reality, the role of chance, intergenerational trauma, and the power of art to redeem or destroy.

–  National Library Board of Singapore

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/10/2021
Country
Singapore
Original Language
English
Publisher
Epigram Books

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