Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Here, Now - The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually

Organised by: Ethos Books & City of Tomorrow
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    27 Apr 2018
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    City of Tomorrow Singapore
    City of Tomorrow Singapore City of Tomorrow Singapore
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With her debut novel forthcoming in November 2018, Jinny Koh will be giving the first (teaser!) reading of The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually. Together with Ethos Books editor Kum Suning, it'll be a conversation on how the novel originated, and the key influences that shaped her writing of the story.

Hear one of Singapore's new literary voices here, now.

Synopsis – The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually

When 7-year-old Anna told a lie to get out of trouble, she didn't expect her older sister to go missing. Now, desperate to find her sister and to keep her family together, Anna tries to be the perfect daughter by giving in to her mother's demands, even when they seem flawed and questionable.

Until her daughter's body is found, Su Lai refuses to believe that she is dead. When the police are unable to find any clues, Su Lai turns to a medium for answers. He reveals to her that Anna's bad luck is the reason her daughter is missing, and together, they put Anna through a series of religious rituals to cleanse her. As Su Lai's obsession to find her daughter escalates, the family is sucked into a web of pain and deceit, and Anna is forced to decide how far she is willing to go to gain her mother's forgiveness.

About Jinny Koh
Jinny Koh is the author of The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually (Ethos Books, forthcoming November 2018), and was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Pembroke Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, Kyoto Journal, Columbia Journal, Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume 2 (Epigram Books), and Litro, among others. She graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, where she was the Fiction Editor for The Southern California Review. She has written for several newspapers and magazines including TODAY and Solid Rock, and is currently a freelance writer based in Singapore.

About Here, Now
Here, Now is Ethos Books' presentation of their forthcoming titles through conversations and readings with the writer and editor. Be the first to hear some of Singapore's new literary voices and works here, ahead of its launch.

Here, Now - The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually