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by Daniel Yeo

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The captain of the Titanic went down with his ship on 15 April, 1912. But thoughts have power, and those who endure in the stories of the living are said to continue to roam the world after their deaths. And so the captain wanders in search of the things he tried to find in life, and discovers his destiny intimately entwined with a painter who shares the same fate, not knowing that their paths had crossed a long time ago.

The Impermanence of Lilies is a melancholic tribute to the nature of life and a yearning for love, in a story that reaches across lifetimes, borders, and the space between two hearts.

About the Author

Daniel Yeo has always been obsessed about the deeper meaning of things, and finding the threads that run through them. He expresses those discoveries through words. In the daytime, he writes for a living. In the nighttime, he writes to live. He writes fiction so there may be some truth to his words. He studied Mass Communications at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

The Impermanence of Lilies is his first novel.


“Lyrical and distinctive, with a rhythmic, lush prose, Daniel Yeo spins a tale of adventure and romance with often memorable images of loss and leaving. Reading The Impermanence of Lilies is like getting lost in a dream. The story of Edward Smith takes us over oceans to San Francisco, Hong Kong, Japan, Southampton, across the North Atlantic as captain of the RMS Titanic and beyond into a different form of wandering. Haunting and lonely, the story rises to a crescendo of ghostly loves in its second half. A thoughtful, often beautiful, elegiac meditation on love and loss." —Jon Gresham, author of We Rose Up Slowly, and editor of In This Desert, There Were Seeds

"A poetic, poignant love letter to life. Daniel Yeo has important things to tell us about the painful beauty of impermanence, and he tells them with a tender lyricism." Melissa de Villiers, author of The Chameleon House

“A wistful travel narrative by the RMS Titanic Captain that dives into preternatural waters, flowing into surprising and surrealist tributaries of reflections on death, memory, identity, friendship, and unwaveringly, love.” —Cyril Wong, poet and fictionist


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ISBN: 978-981-14-1478-7 (paperback) | 978-981-14-3622-2 (e-book)
Published: 2019
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm  
Extent: 264
Finish: Paperback



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