The River's Song

The River's Song

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Ping, the daughter of Chinatown's Pipa Queen, loves Weng, the voice of the people, but family circumstances drive them apart. Ping is forced to leave suddenly for the USA, while Weng is sent to prison for his part in local protests. Many years later, Ping returns to a country transformed by prosperity. Gone are the boatmen and hawkers who once lived along the river. In their place, rise luminous glass and steel towers proclaiming the power of the city state. Can Ping face her former lover and reveal the secret that has separated them for over 30 years? A beautifully written exploration of identity, love and loss, set against the dramatic upheaval unleashed by the rise of Singapore, about which The Sunday Times Singapore wrote: ' - unashamedly details Singapore's past and present in gripping stories - The River's Song - is among the best prose to come out of Singapore.'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 18mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190658298X
  • 9781906582982
  • 268,286

Review quote

' - just as the best novels should be but so rarely are: like immersion in a vivid dream. I couldn't decide whether to read it slowly in order to savour every word, or to race along, mesmerised by Lim's dazzling story-telling.' Jill Dawson, British author of The Great Lover, (Richard and Judy's Bookclub. 'A touching story that retrieves Singapore's fast disappearing past and gives its famous river the depth and colour of a people's history, and a wonderful rendition of the pipa, on the page, as mother and daughter play their songs from the heart.' Romesh Gunasekera, author of Reef, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. ' - a winning coming of age novel that bridges the years and countries. Here is the buoyancy of sentences and a testimony of resilience.' Krys Lee, award-winning Korean author of The Drifting House. ' - powerful, deep and moving - draws you in and pulls you along irresistibly. Its heartfelt swell will carry you away to a place of passion and resonant conviction.' Kevin MacNeil, Scottish author of the best-selling The Stornaway Way. 'The River's Song is enchanting and gives a glimpse of what a working multi-ethnic society is all about. Suchen Christine Lim is a leading Asian novelist, a Fulbright scholar and Fellow of the prestigious International Writers Programme at Iowa University. One waits for her next oeuvre.' Reginald Massey, in Confluence
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About Suchen Christine Lim

Suchen Christine Lim is one of Singapore's most distinguished writers. In 1992, her third novel, A Fistful of Colours, was awarded the Inaugural Singapore Literature Prize. A Bit Of Earth (2000), her fourth novel, and a short-story collection, The Lies That Build A Marriage (2007) were subsequently shortlisted for the same prize. Awarded a Fulbright grant in 1997, she is a Fellow of the International Writers' Program, University of Iowa, and the first Singapore writer honoured as the university's International Writer-in-Residence in 2000. Since then, she has also held writing residencies in Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea and at the University of Western Australia in Perth. In 2011, she was the Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In 2012, she won the South East Asia Write Award. In the UK, she has regularly been writer in residence at Arvon Foundation and will return to Moniack Mhor, Scotland's Creative Writing Centre in 2013 to lead a writing retreat.
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96 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 29% (28)
4 43% (41)
3 17% (16)
2 10% (10)
1 1% (1)
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