The Adopted: Stories from Angkor


One ancient land. Four writers. Guilt, ruins, loss, fear of change, and forgiveness.

Enter a labyrinth of stories prompted by shared experiences, shaped by different themes, provocations, inspirations, and styles.

Yong Shu Hoong starts this creative relay-race in Angkor Wat, where a fleeting encounter between two strangers creates a bind, entangling diverging lives that oscillate between Cambodia and Singapore.

Heng Siok Tian’s sequence of stories unsettles the perceived boundaries of historical facts, subjective perceptions, subconscious imagination, and dreams. 

Retribution, rebirth, relics... noir fiction with Phan Ming Yen’s brand of slow burning domestic horror will reel you into a different realm. 

Yeow Kai Chai’s imaginarium walks you on the wild side – along with tourists, macaques and other enigmatic beings – unveiling psychological insights and laying bare the rituals of human behaviour.

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“The Adopted is a delightful read…turning the pages is like turning a kaleidoscope, getting different perspectives from a shared experience, with certain images recurring to provide connectivity and continuity…Very short stories are not the easiest to write, and to write within a set of guidelines, is even more challenging.In Angkor, the four - all with impressive literary credentials - have pulled off magnificently this acid test to their creativity.” —Ismail Kassim, former senior correspondent at The Straits Times


Heng Siok Tian, Phan Ming Yen, Yong Shu Hoong, Yeow Kai Chai