Reviewer: Cher Tan

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Culture July 11, 2020

Sweatshop Women: Volume Two

In a white-dominated literary world, writing “the other” becomes a political act. This is, to put it lightly, unfortunate. Regardless, decades of omission have led to a reckoning in which writers of colour have carved out new spaces – those that …

Culture April 18, 2020

Stone Sky Gold Mountain

The plot unfurls slowly in Mirandi Riwoe’s Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which opens in the Palmer River goldfields in early colonial Australia. Disguised as a man for her physical safety, Ying toils with her brother Lai Yue in the hope of procuring …

Culture March 21, 2020

The Wandering

In these uncertain times, the concept of travel is increasingly fraught. While borders were already closed for some, they have been further tightened in the wake of a global pandemic. But depending on who you are and the passport you hold, the prospect …

Culture January 25, 2020

In the Clearing

After his gripping yet slow-burning debut, Call Me Evie, J. P. Pomare is back with another compelling thriller – and it’s just as dread-filled. Told through dual perspectives, In the Clearing follows Freya, a wealthy single mother …

Culture October 19, 2019

The House of Youssef

A man tends to his shop alone as he clings to the desperate hope that his sons will one day show interest and take over his business. A divorcee shrugs off advice from her family, who tell her to find another man or stay out of the sun to protect her …