Moth Stories impressed me on two fronts:
1. The kind of local Singaporean books that I enjoy nowadays are the ones that aren't so....intensely local. Y'know, the kind that injects Singlish in every conversation, that uses our nation's Merlion as some sort of symbol for something, whose characters are exaggerated caricatures of the "quintessential" Singaporean.
No shade at all to those who enjoy them - I've just personally read enough of those kinds of local lit. Now, I prefer stories that are simply about people/things/events that are written by Singaporeans, but don't necessarily have to explain/showcase the typical Singaporean experience. Does that make sense I hope so.
2. Collections of short stories, for me, are usually a mixed bag. There will be some that I loved, and others that I didn't care for. But (to my surprise) that wasn't the case here. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book. Every story was engaging and distinctive. They cover a wide variety of characters - from a foreign construction worker, to a sugar baby, to a mother worrying about her children studying overseas.
Anyway, Moth Stories is one of these that I've been looking for. Every story is definitively local - the setting, sights, etc. But Leonora Liew doesn't make these aspects the focal point of her stories. Instead, she pays great attention to the characters and storylines themselves. Consequently, the final product is (in my humble opinion) an impressive collection of stories that are undeniably Singaporean, but about unique individuals more than about the country at large.
This is a photo of a bookstore, it's no ordinary bookstore because ...
many say it was direct inspiration for JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books.
The bookstore is over 100 years old and is frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Many have suggested that the bookstore's ornate neo-Gothic architecture bears a striking resemblance to depictions of both Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the central setting of the books, and the Flourish and Blotts bookshop, where characters in the books purchase their books on magic.
Such a beautiful place to visit, with its gorgeous architectural work and it certainly conjures images of JK Rowling's magical world 📚✨
Mason Hamilton’s eye color!
“I had only gotten a quick glimpse at his eyes when he had caught me, but I knew they were green. I was taken aback by just how green they truly were. I have never seen eyes this color. I didn't know anyone could have this shade of green. His eyes reminded me of the tall grass that danced in the lush meadows in nearby fields right after it rains or the bright green shamrocks that decorated the diner in March. It had to be a whole new shade of green altogether. A green that I didn't have a name for.”
“Separated by distance and war, love still blossoms through letters. Mason promises he’ll be back, and Grace promises she’ll be waiting. But is it a promise Mason can keep”
Bows & Piccolos has had its debut in The New York Times, I am proud of my book’s progress to where it is today! For those of you who have read BnP, please leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or on the publishers’ site.
The link for my book is in my profile, however, if anyone wants to purchase one directly from me the prices are below. If you would like one shipped I can do so as well.
🌻Paperback Copy: $20
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