This is a BRILLIANT book, the fifth collection by Singaporean author O Thiam Chin. I picked up this book on a whim while shopping at Books Actually and I am blown away at how awesome this book of 10 short stories is.
Inspired by various events in Singapore - the tragedy of a boy drowning in a storm canal and the court case involving several men engaging the sexual services of an underaged girl, the stories are an interesting take on the aforementioned events.
Apart from that, I really liked the story of Zheng He, the admiral sent from China to trade with Singapore who found love, or something like it.
The supernatural story of a boy who can see his dead mother was also deftly and adroitly handled. I was impressed.
Spoiler alert, this book has several sex scenes in it, none frivolous, all contributing to the stories, but I'm putting it here just in case it's an issue with some of my readers.
Anyway, if you're interested in short stories with a Singaporean flavour, get this book from Books Actually and get your hands on this book today!