This Place Called Absence by Lydia Kwa

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Shortlisted for the in Canada First Novel Award. Shortlisted for the Re-Lit Fiction Award.A lush and intricately layered novel of despair, hope and the transformational power of the imagination. Spanning time and territory, This Place Called Absence is ­populated by four disparate women.“Lydia Kwa’s first novel is a gem.”—Daphne Marlatt, author of Ana Historic

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Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore and came to Canada in 1980. She has a BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto and a MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Queen's University. She has written a book of poetry, "The Colours of Heroines". Her poetry appears in the anthology "Swallowing Clouds", and her fiction in the anthology "Hot and Bothered".
Published January 1, 2000 by Turnstone Press. 224 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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As the novel progresses, Wu Lan slowly makes peace with her memories of her father, her roots and the recent loss of her girlfriend, while Ah Choi and Chat Mui fall in love and try to escape the usual fate of Chinese prostitutes (or ah ku), death by opium.

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