How We Disappeared

How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee / Jun 19, 2019

How We Disappeared A beautiful stunningly ambitious novel set in Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything For fans of Min Jin Lee s Pachinko and Georgia

  • Title: How We Disappeared
  • Author: Jing-Jing Lee
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  • Page: 189
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  • A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel set in Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything For fans of Min Jin Lee s Pachinko and Georgia Hunter s We Were the Lucky Ones.Singapore, 1942 As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny ch A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel set in Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything For fans of Min Jin Lee s Pachinko and Georgia Hunter s We Were the Lucky Ones.Singapore, 1942 As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child.In a neighbouring village, seventeen year old Wang Di is bundled into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual slavery After sixty years of silence, what she saw and experienced there still haunts her present.In the year 2000, twelve year old Kevin is determined to find out the truth wherever it might lead after his grandmother makes a surprising confession on her deathbed, one she never meant Kevin to hear, setting in motion a chain of events he could never have foreseen.Weaving together two timelines and two very big secrets, this stunning debut opens a window on a little known period of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty A profoundly moving novel, it is based partly on the author s great grandfather s experiences Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication May 2nd 2019 by Oneworld Publications More Details ISBN13 9781786074126 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book How We Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee Author Release date May 07, 2019 Enter to win 1 of 25 Advanced Reader Copies of How we Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee A Library Journal Emerging Stars Pick A beautiful, stunningly am Enter to win 1 of 25 Advanced Reader Copies of How we Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee A Library Journal Emerging Stars Pick A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel set in World War II Singapore about a woman who survived the Japanese occupation and a man who thought he had lost everything for fans of Pachinko and We Were the Lucky OnesSingapore, 1942 As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child.In a neighboring village, seventeen year old Wang Di is strapped into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into sexual slavery as a comfort woman After sixty years of silence, what she saw and experienced still haunts her.In the year 2000, twelve year old Kevin is sitting beside his ailing grandmother when he overhears a mumbled confession He sets out to discover the truth, wherever it might lead, setting in motion a chain of events he never could have foreseen.Weaving together two time lines and two very big secrets, this stunning debut opens a window on a little known period of history, revealing the strength and bravery shown by numerous women in the face of terrible cruelty Drawing in part on her family s experiences, Jing Jing Lee has crafted a profoundly moving, unforgettable novel about human resilience, the bonds of family and the courage it takes to confront the past Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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far too benign a description for the barbarism that she and thousands of women endured across the occupied territories yet what rings out from the book is human resilience and our capacity to love no matter how damaged we might be.Not only do we hear from young Wang Di, age just 16 when she is ripped away from her family and locked into the tiny room of her prison, but elderly Wang Di has her own chapters too Grieving her husband, affectionately known as the Old One , it transpires that neither of them, though traumatised by their experiences during the occupation, have ever shared with one another what really happened to them both For Wang Di, this is because of the shame that attached to women who had been forced into sexual slavery their treatment included being shunned and called traitors Wang Di sets out to discover what the Old One experienced during the war The third voice in the book belongs to the enchanting teenager Kevin With his bottle top glasses and his tape recorder, he starts to unearth a secret that his late grandmother had been keeping for decades As Wang Di and Kevin set out on their individual quests to uncover the truth, the tension builds while we wait to find out whether their worlds will collide.The final chapters are suffused with kindness, the power of talking, love Indeed they are so moving that I read them through a blur of tears.Meticulously researched, exquisitely written, with characters that will live and breathe in your hearts long after you finish the last page, How We Disappeared is a worthy testament to the women who were forced to become comfort women Not only does Jing Jing Lee capture the horror of it all, but also the hope I m reeling from its power what an absolute triumph flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Anya rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, ebooks, historical, netgalley This book is with rights compared to Min Jin Lee s Pachinko.It s beautiful and heart breaking at the same time Our main characters go through so incredibly much abuse and sorrow and never really open up to each other what happened during the war and Japanese occupation.I can recommend this to lovers of Min Jin Lee s novels or if you enjoyed the Night Tiger or the Geisha flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Rachel rated it it was amazing I received an ARC of this book with thanks to Oneworld Publications via NetGalleyThis book is a work of art I loved absolutely everything about it Set in Singapore during the Japanese occupation, it tells the story of a woman who lived in abhorrent circumstances and survived It is lightly interwoven with the story of her husband and the horrors he too experienced at the hands of the Japanese.It isn t an easy story to read but it is so worth it By the end my heart was broken, but my mind and I received an ARC of this book with thanks to Oneworld Publications via NetGalleyThis book is a work of art I loved absolutely everything about it Set in Singapore during the Japanese occupation, it tells the story of a woman who lived in abhorrent circumstances and survived It is lightly interwoven with the story of her husband and the horrors he too experienced at the hands of the Japanese.It isn t an easy story to read but it is so worth it By the end my heart was broken, but my mind and soul felt so enriched An incredibly powerful story that will stay with me for a long time flag Like see review View 2 comments Peter rated it it was amazing Jan 03, 2019 Liz rated it it was amazing Jan 21, 2019 Jan 10, 2019 Caoilinn added it A beautifully controlled novel that tells an utterly compelling and important story Jing Jing Lee s prose is crystal clear, the narrative scope is sweeping and devastating, and the story is as deeply felt and well observed as it is captivating flag Like see review Winnie rated it it was amazing Jan 20, 2019 John Glynn rated it it was amazing Nov 28, 2018 Aimee rated it it was amazing Aug 23, 2018 Moray Teale marked it as to read Aug 31, 2018 Juliet 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        Born and raised in Singapore, Jing Jing graduated from Oxford s Creative Writing Master s in 2011 and has since seen her poetry and short stories published in various journals and anthologies Jing Jing s novella, If I Could Tell You, was published by Marshall Cavendish in 2013 and her debut poetry collection, And Other Rivers, was published by Math Paper Press in 2015 Her novel, How We Disappear Born and raised in Singapore, Jing Jing graduated from Oxford s Creative Writing Master s in 2011 and has since seen her poetry and short stories published in various journals and anthologies Jing Jing s novella, If I Could Tell You, was published by Marshall Cavendish in 2013 and her debut poetry collection, And Other Rivers, was published by Math Paper Press in 2015 Her novel, How We Disappeared, will be out with Oneworld in early 2019


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    1. A shattering, tender and absorbing novel that centres around the unfathomable cruelty that women in Singapore endured when they were snatched by the Japanese Army and forced into sexual slavery during World War Two It was harrowing to read of Wang Di s incarceration as a comfort woman far too benign a description for the barbarism that she and thousands of women endured across the occupied territories yet what rings out from the book is human resilience and our capacity to love no matter A shatt [...]


    2. This book is with rights compared to Min Jin Lee s Pachinko.It s beautiful and heart breaking at the same time Our main characters go through so incredibly much abuse and sorrow and never really open up to each other what happened during the war and Japanese occupation.I can recommend this to lovers of Min Jin Lee s novels or if you enjoyed the Night Tiger or the Geisha.


    3. I received an ARC of this book with thanks to Oneworld Publications via NetGalleyThis book is a work of art I loved absolutely everything about it Set in Singapore during the Japanese occupation, it tells the story of a woman who lived in abhorrent circumstances and survived It is lightly interwoven with the story of her husband and the horrors he too experienced at the hands of the Japanese.It isn t an easy story to read but it is so worth it By the end my heart was broken, but my mind a [...]


    4. A beautifully controlled novel that tells an utterly compelling and important story Jing Jing Lee s prose is crystal clear, the narrative scope is sweeping and devastating, and the story is as deeply felt and well observed as it is captivating.


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