Scent of the Gods
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The Scent of the Godstells the enchanting, haunting story of a young girl's coming of age in Singapore during the tumultuous years of its formation as a nation. Eleven-year-old Su Yen bears witness to the secretive lives of "grown-ups" in her diasporic Chinese family and to the veiled threats in Southeast Asia during the Cold War years. From a child's limited perspective, the novel depicts the emerging awareness of sexuality in both its beauty and its consequences, especially for women. In the context of postcolonial politics, Fiona Cheong skilfully parallels the uncertainties of adolescence with the growing paranoia of a population kept on alert to communist infiltration. In luminous…
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 12/13/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall