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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Weaving together two time lines and two very big secrets, this stunning debut opens a window on a little-known period of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty.

Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In a neighbouring village, 17-year-old Wang Di is bundled into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual slavery. After 60 years of silence, what she saw and experienced there still haunts her present. 

In the year 2000, 12-year-old Kevin is determined to find out the truth - wherever it might lead - after his grandmother makes a surprising confession on her deathbed, one she never meant Kevin to hear, setting in motion a chain of events he could never have foreseen.

A profoundly moving novel, based partly on the author's great-grandfather’s experiences.

©2019 Jing-Jing Lee (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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heart wrenching but full of hope

this was amazing and also not for the faint hearted. it centres around the Japanese Occupation and war and what happened to the women of a small village and a neighbouring one. it's such a powerful story.

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