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Sembawang : Sembawang

ISBN 9789814893282

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Singapore, 1960s: Sembawang is home away from home for a tightly-knit community of bachelors and families who work at Her Majesty’s Naval Base. 

Behind closed doors, a matriarch controls her daughters-in-law’s movements. A bachelor from Kerala pines by his window for his forbidden lover. A maid from a rubber estate across the border aches to hold her young son once more. An inter-racial love between a conservative Tamil woman and a worldly Chinese man wreaks havoc in the life of an innocent bystander.

The idyllic village life is shaken when two midwives are viciously attacked at the maternity clinic, and again when one of their own beloved residents meets with an unnatural death. As catastrophes strike, the village comes together as one.

A dramatic, sweeping saga of Sembawang families across five decades.


“Fascinating … valuable not only as lively fiction but as a realistic documentation
of a forgotten segment of Singapore history."
Assoc Prof Chitra Sankaran, National University of Singapore


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