Book of the Month - The Sunday Times ****
Ping, the daughter of Chinatown’s Pipa Queen, loves Weng, the voice of the people, but family circumstances drive them apart. While Ping goes to university in America, Weng is sent to prison for his part in local protests against forced relocation.
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 make peace with her family and face the ghosts from her past?
A beautifully written exploration of identity, love and loss, set against the social upheaval created by the rise of Singapore.
The River's Song by Suchen Christine Lim $18.93
Aurora Metro Books is a small independent publisher established 25 years ago in London, UK.
With over 200 international authors published, this award-winning small press has championed literary fiction, international YA fiction, drama for young people and has a new cultural books imprint Supernova Books. The company initiated The Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009, a biennial competition for women novelists in honour of Virginia Woolf who lived and wrote her first novel in the vicinity of the publishers' office in Richmond-upon-Thames, England.