These Foolish Things & Other Stories

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by Yeo Wei Wei  

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In Yeo Wei Wei’s debut collection of stories, secret hopes, desires, and regrets are revealed through obsessions and events that collide and merge with everyday life.

A wife returns home to find that her husband has remarried… An old woman in a nursing home is visited by a mynah that sings a Beatles song… An artist remembers the time he was harangued by rambutans, mangoes and other fruits in his studio….

In crystalline prose suffused with a dark sense of humour, these stories offer glimpses of inner worlds that are sharp, strange, and haunting.

About the Author

Yeo Wei Wei is a Singaporean writer and translator.

These Foolish Things & Other Stories is her debut collection of short stories. She is currently working on a novel.


“No word is out of place in Yeo Wei Wei’s exacting prose. The reader’s expectations and positions of empathy are put to the test in ways that both delight and shatter the heart.”
—Cyril Wong, author of Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light and The Dictator's Eyebrow

 “Yeo Wei Wei weaves a purgatorial web of men and women caught between guilt, loss and unbearable longing. Her stories are intelligent, haunting, carefully composed yet deeply felt.”
Clarissa Oon, arts editor, The Straits Times

“An amazing collection exploring identity, the nature of art and the human condition.”
Dave Chua, author of Gone Case and The Beating and Other Stories

“Yeo Wei Wei is set on uncovering whole realms between private past and present and between private selves; in the process, she justifies the incidence of art. Let each tale here walk your mind as though it were a paintingand be transformed.”
Gwee Li Sui, literary critic, graphic artist and author of One Thousand and One Nights: Love Poems

“The past in Singapore in the last ten years has become a contested country that we seek to map out, to know things that have been forgotten, often wilfully. Yeo's collection reminds us that the pain of forgetting, or at least the partiality of memory, is as central to identities, whether personal or public, than total recall.
Philip Holden, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

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ISBN: 978-981-09-5060-6
Published: 2015
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 148
Finish: Paperback

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