Forthcoming Book: The House of Little Sisters
It’s August of 1931 in Singapore, sixteen-year old Lim Mei Mei (Ah Mei) arrives at the home of Eminent Mister Lee on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month. She has been sold to the family as a mui tsai, an indentured servant girl. At the Lee household, Lim Mei Mei’s life education begins. There, she encounters the spirit of Ah Lian, a mui tsai, who paid the ultimate price for her mistake. Through Ah Lian, Ah Mei discovers the plight of the mui tsai, who are both helpless and powerful, and uncovers a shameful secret lurking in the shadows of the Lee house. Ah Mei also meets and falls in love with Hassan Mohamed, an Indian-muslim and an aspiring poet, breaking every clause in the rule book of love in 1930s British Malaya. She becomes Hassan’s Polar Star, and the young lovers must find a way to stay together. Through a twist of fate, Ah Mei finds a solution that will keep her and Hassan together, at the same time gaining agency that will secure her own future as an uneducated servant girl in British Malaya.
Coming to you bookstores February, 22, 2022. Watch this space.
‘A novel rich in historical detail and memorable characters. Tautly paced and extensively researched.’ ~ Dave Chua, author of Gone Case.
‘A haunting feast for the senses.’ ~ Daryl Kho, author of Mist-bound.
‘This is an exciting piece of historical fiction anchored by relatable characters, and is the best way to experience the past.’ ~ Audrey Chin, author of The Ash House.
‘Riveting and impossible to put down! Such a beautiful, exciting, bittersweet story of old Nanyang that is suffused with longing and nostalgia. The cast of characters come alive through Eva’s masterful storytelling, and we see the story unfold through their eyes like a waking dream. Absolutely loved it!’ ~ Sim Ee Waun, author of The House on Silat Road & The House on Palmer Road.