Telltale: Eleven Stories

July 30, 2010

Edited with an introduction and notes by Gwee Li Sui

Published by Ethos Books, 2010

Nominee for the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2011

“Stories and Their Secrets”

From Back Cover:

Eleven stories by six writers, none older than their city-state of Singapore.

This anthology of short fiction presents six distinct electrifying voices from Singapore: Alfian bin Sa’at, Wena Poon, Jeffrey Lim, Tan Mei Ching, Claire Tham, and Dave Chua. The modern tales they tell are graphic, gritty, striking, and evocative. They describe experiences marked by short happiness and haunting memories, from the loss of a loved one to the menacing forces of nature.

The eleven stories showcased here examine the lives of an array of complex characters. These individuals are tormented by dilemmas that nonetheless go on to shape and direct them. Telltale is an artfully sequenced collection that also includes explanatory notes and a study guide. It stands out as an informative and enriching edition that will speak to a broad range of readers today.


Introduction: Stories and Their Secrets ~ Gwee Li Sui
Birthday ~ Alfian bin Sa’at
In the Quiet ~ Tan Mei Ching
Haze Day ~ Jeffrey Lim
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Hanging ~ Alfian bin Sa’at
The Man Who was Afraid of ATMs ~ Wena Poon
Homecoming ~ Claire Tham
The Drowning ~ Dave Chua
Justin and the Cenotaph ~ Wena Poon
Understudies ~ Jeffrey Lim
Video ~ Alfian bin Sa’at
Kenny’s Big Break ~ Wena Poon
Explanatory Notes
Study Guide


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