by A.K. Kulshreshth
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Pub Date 14 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 11 Dec 2023
Balestier Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
In World War II Singapore (1942-1945), many people went through unimaginable suffering. Siew Chin was forced to become a “comfort woman” in a Japanese military brothel. Her husband Tiong was taken away to be massacred. Ah Ding collaborated with the Japanese occupiers. And yet, as is always the case with the moral complexities of war, Ah Ding was also a volunteer in the very guerrilla unit whose members he came to incriminate with his pointed finger, and it was he who pointed the way to give Siew Chin towards a new life.
Years later, Siew Chin encounters Ah Ding once again. Tortured by unwanted memories, Ah Ding recoils from this long-buried remnant of his past. Can Ah Ding finally make peace with his history, or will he succumb to the overwhelming guilt and shame that has plagued him for six decades? Lying Eyes gives voices to people caught up in the powerful currents of national events, silent characters whom history has largely passed over.
“Highly recommended.” — The Historical Novels Review
“A literary achievement of social inspection that provides enlightening, thought-provoking, and hard to put down.”—Midwest Book Review
Longlisted for Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2022