The Red Thread: A Chinese tale of love and fate in 1830s Singapore (The Straits Quartet)

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9789810575670: The Red Thread: A Chinese tale of love and fate in 1830s Singapore (The Straits Quartet)

Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads, and tigers are commonplace, this historical romance follows the struggle of two lovers Zhen, a Chinese coolie and triad member, and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots woman and sister of Singapores Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity.

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Dawn Farnham (Singapore) has lived throughout Asia and is currently based in Singapore where, with her in-depth knowledge of the region, she is a volunteer guide at Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum.

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When Charlotte MacLeod journeys from her home in Madagascar to faraway, exotic Singapore in the 1830s, little does she realize how very different her new life will be. Her brother Robert has just been named head of the local police force, and her social position, together with her boundless curiosity and formidable intellect, leads her into friendships and affairs with men and women of many nationalities, religions, and political beliefs. Farnham's debut is bittersweet and contemplative, a leisurely exploration replete with richly detailed landscapes both physical and interior. Multiple protagonists and perspectives, both Eastern and Western, and elaborate description transport the reader to a fascinating time and place brimming with mystical and poetic flourishes. Welch, Lynne

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