Shadow Theatre by Fiona Cheong

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Set in Singapore, a tale of friendship, love, violence, multiple murders, and the supernatural.

Shakilah Nair has returned, after fifteen years in the United States, pregnant but with not even the glimmer of a ring upon her finger. Her former teacher's loyal maid, her onetime best friend, her own mother, the schoolgirls who have heard rumors, the woman whom she loved, and other women recount events connected with Shakilah and the mysterious Diamond Woman for whom a magic potion was once prepared by the local bomah. They reveal the dark undercurrents in the lives of these women of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and mixed ancestry, all of whom believe in the all-pervasive power of seen and unseen spirits.

About Fiona Cheong

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Fiona Cheong was born in Singapore, received an M.F.A. from Cornell, and now teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of The Scent of the Gods, a novel. Her short fiction has been anthologized.
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Press. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All is conveyed in Cheong’s musical take on Singapore language, a sing-songy rhythm that from the first page pleasantly engulfs the reader amid a luscious blend of cultures and languages—Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Catholic, Muslim, animist—that further makes for a seductive setting.

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Shakilah is the object of speculation by her girlhood friend Rose Sim and other neighborhood women and girls of assorted Chinese, Indian, Malay and mixed ancestries—including Shakilah's own troubled mother, Valerie, who has secrets of her own.

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