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Singapore Book Club Event: My Mother-In-Law's Son

Hosted by a member of the Singapore Arts & Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 09 Jan 19:00 - 20:30

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Join us for a book club event with a unique local flavour at the National Library (Central). On 9th Jan this will cover My Mother-In-Law's Son by Josephine Chia who will be joining the session.

My Mother-In-Law’s Son centres 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 Protected content that is just recovering from the onslaught of the Japanese War, Swee Gek’s Chinese husband, Wong Kum Chong, is inadvertently drawn into anti-colonial activities by a communist agitator, Teng Xin Nan.

Narrated from the perspectives of these different characters, My Mother-In-Law’s Son is a revealing story of 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: whether love can be unconditional or is it always accompanied by possessiveness.

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Please note you should register for this at the above link. After the event is over, we can go out for a quick meal nearby.