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These Foolish Things & Other Stories

 This debut collection by Yeo Wei Wei explores the realms between private selves, past and present, through vivid and haunting motifs—a singing bird, a lost soul in a yellow umbrella, an ivory carving, the diary of an ex-boyfriend's father. Revealing the regrets, obsessions, loss and sorrow of events in everyday life, These Foolish Things & Other Stories is a compelling piece of work ready to haunt, delight and touch its readers.

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“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


“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 painting—and 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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Yeo Wei Wei