Hook and Eye: Stories from the Margins by Philip Holden
Hook and Eye: Stories from the Margins by Philip Holden

Hook and Eye: Stories from the Margins

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edited by Philip Holden

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“Each story invites readers to enter into the world of marginal yet strangely familiar figures, to explore the possibilities of empathy, and thus to see familiar landscapes in a new light.” —Philip Holden, editor

These stories are set in disparate locations in Singapore, ranging from landed properties to migrant worker dormitories, and speak of struggles and persistence. And love.


“Everest” by Balli Kaur Jaswal
“Margarine and the Syrian Refugee Project” by Koh Choon Hwee
“Cave Man” by Clara Chow
“Sophia’s Party” by Jeremy Tiang
“The Moral Support of Presence” by Karen Kwek
“Painting the Eye” by Philip Jeyaretnam
“Rich Man Country” by Leonora Liow
“Identity” by Latha (K.Kanagalatha)
“The Boy with the Missing Thumb” by Felix Cheong
“What They’re Doing Here” by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
“The Borrowed Boy” by Alfian Sa’at


About the Editor

Philip Holden has taught and researched Singapore and regional literatures for many years, and is currently with the National University of Singapore. He has published over many scholarly articles on Singapore and Southeast Asian literatures and cultures, is the co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English, and one of the editors of Writing Singapore, the most comprehensive historical anthology of Singapore literature in English. He is also writes short fiction, and his short story collection Heaven Has Eyes was published by Epigram Books in 2016.


Balli Kaur Jaswal’s “Everest” is a moving meditation on childhood, family, and the search for a home away from home ... At turns poignant and funny, this story captures life’s small, profound moments and makes them resonate well beyond their size.
—Kirstin Chen, author of Bury What We Cannot Take

I hope that everyone who reads this story will return to it again and again, as I did, to revel in Koh’s vivid prose and finely observed details ... For here, as in all the best stories, is plenty with which to measure and know ourselves.
—Theophilus Kwek, co-editor of Oxford Poetry, on “Margarine and the Syrian Refugee Project” by Koh Choon Hwee

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ISBN: 978-981-11-4173-7
Published: 2018
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 216
Finish: Paperback