The Great Reclamation

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Author: Rachel Heng

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Tinder Press

ISBN: 9781035406340

RRP: $24.99

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‘An extraordinary achievement . . . Every page pulses with mud and magic’

Miranda Cowley Heller, author of The Paper Palace

‘A monumental epic . . . I was spellbound’

Nathan Harris, author of The Sweetness of Water

‘Ah Boon’s story will stay with me for a long time’

Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept

‘Alive to the beauty and mystery of the natural world as well as the human heart’

Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

They would look back and ask themselves, what was the moment that changed everything? Could she blame him? Could he blame her?

Ah Boon is born into a fishing village amid the heat and beauty of twentieth-century coastal Singapore, in the waning years of British rule. As he grows up, alongside Siok Mei, the spirited girl he has fallen in love with, he finds himself caught in the tragic sweep of Singapore’s history. When the Japanese army invades, the resistance rises, and their small nation hurtles towards rebirth, the two friends must decide who they want to become – and what they are willing to give up.

A powerful coming-of-age of both a young boy and a country, The Great Reclamation asks what might happen when the love between two children complicates the fate of an entire community and country, literally shifting the land beneath people’s feet.

Born and raised in Singapore, Rachel Heng is the author of the novel SUICIDE CLUB, which was translated into ten languages worldwide and won the Gladstone Library Writer-In-Residence Award 2020 and is being developed for TV by Hulu, eOne and Annapurna. She has appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been listed among Best American Essays‘ Notable Essays and has been published in The Rumpus and The Telegraph. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University.

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