A Different Sky by Meira Chand

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Singapore - a trading post where different lives jostle and mix. It is 1927, and three young people are starting to question whether this inbetween island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; ten-year-old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by the colonial British; Raj, fresh off the boat from India, wants only to work hard and become a successful businessman. As the years pass, and the Second World War sweeps through the east, with the Japanese occupying Singapore, the three are thrown together in unexpected ways, and tested to breaking point.



Richly evocative, A Different Sky paints a scintillating panorama of thirty tumultuous years in Singapore's history through the passions and struggles of characters the reader will find it hard to forget.

 

About Meira Chand

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The author of seven previous novels, MEIRA CHAND is of Indian-Swiss parentage. Born and educated in London, she has lived most of her adult life in Japan, apart from some time in India during the seventies. In 1997 she moved to Singapore where she now currently lives. She is involved in several programmes to mentor young writers in Singapore, and has recently been writer in residence at Mansfield College, Oxford and also at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
 
Published June 24, 2010 by Vintage Digital. 498 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Howard's widowed mother Rose – born in Malacca of a "confusing line of swarthy intermarriage" stemming from Portuguese, Dutch, British and Irish men and Malay, Indian, Chinese and Ceylonese women – runs a boarding house for Englishmen on tours of duty, and combines Anglophilia with a love of loca...

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Howard takes uneasy refuge with Communist guerrillas, a kinder fate than befalls Mei Lan, who is captured and brutalized by the Japanese.

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The Bookbag

Each of the three central characters is put under Chand's microscope throughout the time period of the book and it seems as if every little detail gets a mention.

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Historical Novel Society

This great sprawl of a novel is set in Singapore from 1927 to 1956.

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