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Literary Historical Fiction 'The River's Song' by Aurora Metro Press Chosen as a Sunday Times Book of the Month


A beautifully written exploration of identity, love and loss set against the social upheaval created by the rise of Singapore.

An Asian-American Music professor, Ping, is going back to Singapore to visit her mother following a period of estrangement. During the journey she reflects on her youth which seems like another lifetime.

Teenage Ping left Singapore and her boyfriend Weng abruptly to go and study in the US where she created another life for herself. When she meets him again in Singapore, old memories are stirred up and secrets demand to be told.

Recent Praise for The River's Song:

"... 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 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

"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 Gunesekera author of Reef, shortlisted for the Booker Prize

The River's Song is available in print and ebook formats.

Book Details:
The River's Song
By Suchen Christine Lim
Publisher: Aurora Metro Books
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1906582982
ASIN: B00M104OI6
Pages: 336
Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction

About The Author:
Winner of the South-East Asia Write Award and the Singapore Literature Prize, Suchen Christine Lim is one of the leading writers in South-East Asia.

'The River's Song' is studied on the International writing program at Iowa University where Suchen was writer-in-residence in 2000 and has been invited again in 2015.The book is also studied in universities in S.E. Asia. Suchen has also had writing residencies in Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea and Australia. She has been a guest at the Edinburgh International Festival and a tutor at the Arvon Foundation UK.

In 2015, she will take part in the Melbourne International writers Festival. Suchen's keynote speech at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators' Festival against censorship was widely reported in the press and on the BBC.

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