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Yeoh Jo-Ann’s first novel, Impractical Uses of Cake, won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, one of Singapore’s top fiction prizes, and her short stories have been included in anthologies such as Best Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories exploring the themes of modernity, food, and family in Southeast Asia.
“I could have been a clever girl. When the first of the Japanese bombs fell on Penang, my father stopped us from going to school. And when the war was over, there was no question of going back. So I married your father.” Three generations of a family struggle to maintain their way of life in a country changed irrevocably by war.
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