Twan Eng passed me a copy of The Elliott Bay Book Company's Review of Books for Spring 2008 (left)* which has one review stacked on top of the other "striking debut" novel. Both Twan and Preeta read at the bookstore, within a week of each other. Preeta describes it as
... a wonderful independent bookstore -- miles and miles of books!and fills me with envy that I can't hop over there and see for myself. She also says that she enjoyed meeting Rick Simonson, who wrote both reviews.
Evening is the Whole Day is reviewed by Lim Soon Heng in Time Out (right)* this month :
Samarasan has successfully written perhaps the best English language novel from our shores ...says he.
(My interview with Preeta appears in the next issue of Quill, and will be online later.)
But I'm actually raising this cheer for a hatrick of authors. Am now completely hooked by Chew-Siah Tei's Little Hut of Leaping Fishes - and it's magical!
Chew-Siah's novel will be out next month. Preeta's novel is now out in both the US and due to be published in the UK next month, so expect it in the shops some time soon. Twan Eng's book should be here in mass-market paperback very soon.
(* Click to bring the pages up to full size.)