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The Gatekeeper

Publisher: Epigram Books
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  • Winner of Singapore Book Awards 2018, Best Fiction Title & Best Book Cover Design
    Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2018, Fiction
    Winner of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016

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    When young medusa Ria inadvertently turns an entire village to stone, she and her older sister flee to Nelroote, an underground settlement populated by other non-humans also marginalised by society. There she becomes their gatekeeper, hoping to seek redemption and love…until her friendship with a man from above threatens to dismantle the city she swore to protect.

  • "Norasid's novel holds up a mirror to Singaporean society and pries our eyes open to the realities of our racial complacencies. Drawing on the lessons from The Gatekeeper, we learn to see again."
    —Wong Wen Pu, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal


  • Nuraliah Norasid holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University. She works as a research associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA), where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in QLRS, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out. In 2018, she was was conferred The Most Promising Asian Woman Writer of the Year 2018 award at the Asian Women Writers Festival. The Gatekeeper is her first novel.

ISBN: 9789811700903
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 312
Year Published: 2017
Size: 225mm x 152mm