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Author: Sharlene Teo Narrator: Vera Chok Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508261261

Publisher Description

An award-winning novel about the value of friendships in present-day Singapore—a stirring debut…relatable yet unsettling [that] smartly captures earnest teenage myopathy through a tumultuous high school relationship” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

“I am Miss Frankenstein, I am the bottom of the bell curve.” So declares Szu, a teenager living in a dark, dank house on a Singapore cul-de-sac, at the beginning of this richly atmospheric and endlessly surprising tale of non-belonging and isolation.

Friendless and fatherless, Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress—who gained fame for her portrayal of a ghost—and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, an unlikely encounter develops into a fraught friendship that will haunt them both for decades to come.

With remarkable emotional acuity, dark comedy, and in vivid prose, Sharlene Teo’s Ponti traces the suffocating tangle the lives of four misfits, women who need each other as much as they need to find their own way. It is “at once a subtle critique of the pressures of living in a modern Asian metropolis; a record of the swiftness and ruthlessness with which Southeast Asia has changed over the last three decades; a portrait of the old juxtaposed with the new (and an accompanying dialogue between nostalgia and cynicism); an exploration of the relationship between women against the backdrop of social change; and, occasionally, a love story—all wrapped up in the guise of a teenage coming-of-age novel…Teo is brilliant” (The Guardian).

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Quotes

  • “With brilliant descriptive power and human warmth…Teo summons the darker currents of modernity…Her characters glow with life and humor.”

    - Ian McEwan, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Teo’s Ponti is vivid and immediate, its people complex, beautifully sketched and captivating.”

    - Times Literary Supplement (London)
  • “Narrator Vera Chok delivers an outstanding performance of this debut novel about family, friendship, and memory in Singapore…Chok’s narration is upbeat and conversational. Her charming voice and accent perfectly embody the multicultural aspects of the three women: prim and proper Amisa, awkward Szu, and self-centered Circe. A unique and engrossing listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Sharlene Teo is a Singaporean writer based in the United Kingdom. She is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for Ponti, her first novel. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Esquire UK, Magma Poetry, and Eunoia Review. She is the recipient of the 2013 David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship and the 2014 Sozopol Fiction Fellowship.

About the Narrator

Vera Chok is a voice artist and Earphones Award-winning narrator.