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A Bit of Earth

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  • In A Bit of Earth, Suchen Christine Lim deftly weaves historical fact and a fiery imagination in a visually powerful multicultural story that spans three generations and four decades—proving once again that she is one of Asia’s leading fiction writers.

    Malaya. A land of unparalleled richness. For centuries, the peninsula has attracted fortune hunters, money-grabbing pirates and migrants seeking a better life. Among those whose lives are rooted in the Malayan soil are three families: the Wongs, sons of the Chinese earth; the Wees, subjects of the English gods; and the Mahmuds, scions of the Malayan soil; each with different dreams for the bit of earth they live on. Their destinies meet and this clash of hopes inevitably leads to tragedy.

  • "A Bit of Earth chronicles the visceral and cultural struggle of a young Chinese immigrant to survive in an equally struggling Malayan nation… The immigrant earns his bit of earth only by continuously re-inventing himself and by negotiation with the forces of history."
    —Lily Rose Tope, Professor, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines

  • Suchen Christine Lim is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, children’s stories and a non-fiction book.

    In 2012 she was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award for her body of work. Fistful of Colours, winner of the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize, is cited as a classic Singapore novel. Among other acclaimed works are Rice Bowl and The River’s Song. Her latest work of fiction Dearest Intimate was published in October 2022.

    Awarded a Fullbright grant, Suchen was a Fellow in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and later its Writer in Residence. She was also a Fellow in Creative Writing at the Nanyang Technological University, and has held writing residences in the US, UK, Australia, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar.

ISBN: 9789815084443
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 392
Year Published: 2022
Size: 198mm x 130mm