My Mother-In-Law’s Son

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My Mother-In-Law’s Son
Publish: 2013
Publisher: Ethos Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789810779986
Pages: 459
Language: English

My Mother-In-Law’s Son

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My Mother-In-Law's Son centers round a Peranakan woman, Swee Gek, who is in an abusive marriage but is constrained by the limitations of women in her time to take positive action.

Her marriage is further strained by Choy Yan, the eponymous Mother-In-Law of the title whose values are archaic and patriarchal. Taking place in a 1949 -1950 Singapore that is just recovering from the onslaught of the Japanese War, Swee Gek's Chinese husband, Wong Kum Chong, is inadvertently drawn into participating in Communist activity against the Colonial Government by a communist agitator, Teng Xin Nan.

Narrated from the perspectives of different characters, My Mother-In-Law's Son is a revealing story of a Singapore and her people struggling to find their feet in the aftermath of a war. It also shows how people going through difficult circumstances can be susceptible to revolutionary ideas. Through Swee Gek's personal fight against her oppressors, this novel also explores the meaning of love: of whether love can be unconditional or that it is always accompanied by possessiveness.

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Josephine Chia is happiest when she is in the dream world of writing. She has published 12 books of fiction and non-fiction in UK and Singapore. She lived in UK for over thirty years but have now returned to Singapore to live. She likes to weave anecdotes of her kampong days, Peranakan heritage, food, yoga and Singapore’s history into her stories.

Goodbye My Kampong is her sequel to her 2014 Singapore Literature Prize book , Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong. Her first YA Fiction Novel, Big Tree in a Small Pot and her mid-graders’ Children’s non-fiction book, Growing Up In Kampong Potong Pasir were both launched at AFCC in September 2018. Her manuscript, Queen of the Sky, was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2018.

Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and local newspapers over the years, including SINGA, The Straits Times, Dying For It and Eye/Feel/Write – Building Architectonics.

Josephine has won literary prizes and awards, both in UK and Singapore. Her short story, Tropical Fever, was featured in the anthology Blood, Sweat & Tears, and was one of the finalists for the Ian St. James Awards from Harper Collins. Her other short story, A Question of Choice, was awarded the 3rd Prize in the SWWJ (Society Of Women Writers & Journalists) Theodora Roscoe/Vera Brittain Cup 2007 Short Story Prize Competition. She has also written prize-winning articles that have won her accolades from SWWJ UK.

A familiar face in the literary arts scene, Josephine has spoken in both local and international writing festivals, schools and in several literary events. Outside of writing, she enjoys activities such as skiing and ten-pin bowling, and mentors aspiring writers as well.

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