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by | Read by Samantha Tan

Historical Fiction • 10.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2024

Samantha Tan masterfully narrates a complex story set in Malaya during the British and Japanese occupations. The novel centers around Cecily and her children, Abel, Jujube, and Jasmin, as they navigate life under colonial rule and later, under harsh Japanese control. Initially a spy against British rule, Cecily dreams of an "Asia for Asians." However, the grim reality of life under Japanese oppression, filled with fear and brutality, alters her perspective. The story unfolds through the viewpoints of Cecily and her children across two timelines, 1937 and 1945. Tan's adept narration brings authenticity to Cecily, a character tormented by guilt and worry. Tan's calm, structured delivery makes this a challenging yet engaging and enlightening listen. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2023]

Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2024

DD ISBN 9781797166247 $24.99

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