How We Disappeared
Author: Jing-Jing Lee
9781786075956 | PB | pp. 352 | 2020 | Oneworld
How We Disappeared is a haunting, visceral and profound meditation on trauma, memory and forgiveness. The novel’s dual narrative moves between contemporary Singapore and the 1942 Japanese invasion, weaving together two timelines, two life-altering secrets and two people who come together in their search for reconciliation with the past.
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Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only three survivors, one of them a tiny child.
In a neighbouring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is bundled into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel. After sixty years of silence, what she saw and experienced there still haunts her.
And in the year 2000, twelve-year-old Kevin is sitting beside his ailing grandmother when he overhears a mumbled confession. He sets out to discover the truth, wherever it might lead, setting in motion a chain of events he could never have foreseen.
Weaving together two timelines and two very big secrets, this evocative, profoundly moving and utterly dazzling debut opens a window on a little-known period of history, and heralds the arrival of a thrilling new literary star.
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