If I Could Tell You
When nothing is really yours, not even the flat you grew up in, just where do you call home? The residents of Block 204 have a few months before their building is torn down, before they are scattered throughout the island into smaller, assigned flats. All of them know they will still be struggling to fit their lives into the new flats years later but no one protests. No one talks about it even as they are slowly being pushed out of their homes. Not Cardboard Lady, an eighty-year-old woman who sells scraps for a living. Not young Alex, who is left homeless after a falling out with Cindy. Not Ah Tee, who has worked at the coffee-shop on the ground floor of Block 204 for much of his adult life, and whose reaction to the move affects his neighbours in different ways. For some, the tragedy that occurs during their last days in Block 204 is a reminder of old violence, aged wounds. For others, new opportunities transpire. If I Could Tell You is about silence, the keeping and breaking of it, and what comes after.
- Paperback | 196 pages
- 130 x 196 x 16mm | 200g
- 07 May 2013
- Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd
- Singapore, Singapore
About Jing-Jing Lee
Lee Jing-Jing is a Singaporean writer whose poetry and short stories have been published in local and international journals. Born in 1985, she has a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford, England. She was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train's Fiction Open (2009) and was given Honourable Mention Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers in 2012. Her short stories and poems have been published in Poetry Quarterly, Lumina, Ceriph and the Quarterly Review Singapore.