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How We Disappeared
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Goodreads Rating: 4.18

Author: Jing-Jing Lee

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Year of Publication: 2020

ISBN10: 1786075954

ISBN13: 9781786075956

 

Shortlisted for the 2020 Singapore Literature Prize

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 

Longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown

 

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Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child.

In a neighboring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is strapped into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual slavery as a “comfort woman.” After sixty years of silence, what she saw and experienced still haunts her.

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 never could have foreseen.

Weaving together two timelines and two very big secrets, this stunning debut opens a window on a little-known period of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty. Drawing in part on her family’s experiences, Jing-Jing Lee has crafted a profoundly moving, unforgettable novel about human resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to confront the past.

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Format: Paperback | 352 pages