This Place Called Absence by Lydia KwaThis Place Called Absence by Lydia Kwa

This Place Called Absence

byLydia Kwa

Paperback | April 16, 2000

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Shortlisted for the in Canada First Novel Award. Shortlisted for the Re-Lit Fiction Award.A lush and intricately layered novel of despair, hope and the transformational power of the imagination. Spanning time and territory, This Place Called Absence is ­populated by four disparate women."Lydia Kwa's first novel is a gem."-Daphne Marlatt, author of Ana Historic
Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore and came to Canada in 1980. She has a BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto and a MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Queen's University. She has written a book of poetry, The Colours of Heroines. Her poetry appears in the anthology Swallowing Clouds, and her fiction in the anthology Hot an...
Title:This Place Called AbsenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 16, 2000Publisher:Turnstone PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888012438

ISBN - 13:9780888012432

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Place Called Absence Wonderfully written....and by a Canadian author! The reader is taken throught the past and present simultaneously reading the stories of these 4 women. It was not what I expected. The strength and reslience the characters display despite the fear ,hardship and despair in their lives is amazing, yet there is hope. Past and present connect. I read it from cover to cover in just a few hours, but I'd like to read it again. I'm looking forward to reading this author's next book.
Date published: 2006-01-12

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A modern woman raised in Singapore and living in Vancouver, psychologist Wu Lan takes a leave of absence from work to deal with her father’s suicide. Her mother Mahmee, living in Singapore, thinks her dead husband Yen’s ghost’s haunting her. Yen also visits Wu Lan, urging her to seek knowledge in new places, to learn about her history and her father. The novel tells the tale of two women from the past, resilient and passionate young Ah Ku working in Singapore brothels. Lydia Kwa’s This Place Called Absence draws you between past and present, blending tradition and modern life, despair and hope.