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The Great Reclamation

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

On a quiet moonlit night, Ah Boon, young and terrified, takes his first trip out to sea in his father’s fishing boat – a rite of passage for the boys of the kampong. As the air hums and the wind howls, a mysterious, impossible island materialises in the darkness; an island that Ah Boon soon learns only he has the ability to find. But this is only the beginning of the story, and as Ah Boon grows up, alongside Siok Mei, the spirited girl he has fallen in love with, he finds himself caught in the tragic sweep of Singapore’s history.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Rachel
Heng

Born and raised in Singapore, Rachel Heng is the author of the novel SUICIDE CLUB, which was translated into ten languages worldwide and won the Gladstone Library Writer-In-Residence Award 2020 and is being developed for TV by Hulu, eOne and Annapurna. She has appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been listed among Best American Essays’ Notable Essays and has been published in The Rumpus and The Telegraph. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University. Photo Credit: Juliana Tan

Born and raised in Singapore, Rachel Heng is the author of the novel SUICIDE CLUB, which was translated into ten languages worldwide and won the Gladstone Library Writer-In-Residence Award 2020 and is being developed for TV by Hulu, eOne and Annapurna. She has appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been listed among Best American Essays’ Notable Essays and has been published in The Rumpus and The Telegraph. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University. Photo Credit: Juliana Tan

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Often described as well-paced, meditative exploration of Singapore’s wartime history, The Great Reclamation is well-aligned to what the Award is looking for: a well-written work that can travel well even while being ‘rooted in a particular locality’. As a novel of both epic scope in encompassing a country’s historical touchpoints and the ways these intersect with the lives of ordinary characters who have to live through them, Rachel’s novel has a wide appeal to both Singaporean and non-Singaporean readers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
28/03/2023
Country
Singapore
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Tinder Press, Headline
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