- About the Author
All her life, Audrey has done what is expected of her, following her father’s footsteps into the civil service, the “iron rice bowl” of Singapore. When a chance opportunity arises to attend a writing retreat in the Wonju mountains of South Korea, she grabs it, not knowing what to expect. Unexplainable things soon start happening to her, while a long-buried memory surfaces, threatening to unravel her calm and carefully-orchestrated world.
“Many Singaporean writers go on residencies, but do not write about them; Grace Chia is a notable exception, providing a fictional account of a residency in South Korea. She writes with insight and empathy about the spiritual and physical journey of her protagonist, Audrey—from culture shock to cultural acceptance. An exceptionally good read.”
—Robert Yeo, poet and playwright
“Honest, detailed descriptions highlight more than physical contrasts between Audrey’s internal and external explorations at Toji Cultural Centre and sleepwalking through her life in Singapore. Following her through White Cloud Mountain will make you reconsider your choices—and long to visit Korea!”
—Ovidia Yu, author of the History Tree Mystery series
Grace Chia is the author of two novels: The Arches of Gerrard Street (2021) and The Wanderlusters (2016); three poetry collections: womango (1998), Cordelia (2012, finalist for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for Poetry) and Mother of All Questions (2017); a short story collection: Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food (2016); a chapbook: The Cuckoo Conundrum (2016); and two non-fiction titles. She is also the editor of the prose anthology We R Family (2016). The inaugural NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence for 2011–12, she has judged regional and national poetry competitions and taught creative writing at Nanyang Technological University and DigiPen-Singapore Institute of Technology. White Cloud Mountain is her third novel.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm