SOMETHING NEW! ... Tinling CHOONG's FireWife (2007)
SO who’ll be the next Malaysian to make it big in the literary world of the West. We’ve had Beth Yahp [The Crocodile Fury (1992)], Yang-May Ooi [The Flame Tree (1998) and Mindgame (2000)], Rani Manicka [The Rice Mother (2002) and Touching Earth (2004)], Vyvyane Loh [Breaking the Tongue (2004)] and Tash Aw [The Harmony Silk Factory (2005)] in quick succession. There’s a new literary voice on the horizon ... and her name is TINLING CHOONG. And her book: FIREWIFE (Nan A. Talese, January 2007).
BORN and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Choong received a B.A. from Wellesley College, and is working towards her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. FireWife is her publishing début. Keep a lookout for it!