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Rice Bowl

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  • A powerful story of young love and idealism set in Singapore in the 1960s, a time of political uncertainties and economic insecurity.

    Young, passionate and idealistic, Sister Marie rejects the conformity of her first love, a Singaporean police inspector, and embraces the liberalism of her second love, an American missionary. Fresh into university, she leads a group of students to question the values of a nation gripped by fear of the government and loss of their rice bowl. They organise a protest march against the Vietnam War, which leads to a riot, detention and deportation of the workers they try to help. In the midst of this, a student meets a tragic death, while a lecturer and a suspected Communist agent provocateur goes crazy in his attempts to radicalise the students-workers’ movement.

  • "I have been struck by the sheer power and force of this short, exciting and absorbing book. Rice Bowl is a tour de force. Any reader experiencing this dramatic narrative of shattered dreams and realised hopes will be compelled to re-examine his/her values for Rice Bowl is a book which demands our personal and honest engagement." 
    —Dr Kirpal Singh, writer, critic, scholar

  • 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 A Bit of Earth 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: 9789815084436
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 244
Year Published: 2022
Size: 198mm x 130mm