From NLB’s Singapore collection comes a book club with a unique local flavour. Discuss books by both well-known and emerging Singapore authors touching on topics close to home. Get acquainted with local literature and discover national literary treasures right here at the libraries.
Join author Balli Kaur Jaswal at this session as we discuss her novel Inheritance.
About the Book
In 1971, a teenage girl briefly disappears from her house in the middle of the night, only to return a different person, causing fissures that threaten to fracture her Punjabi Sikh family.
As Singapore’s political and social landscapes evolve, the family must cope with shifting attitudes toward castes, youth culture, sex and gender roles, identity and belonging. Inheritance examines each family member’s struggles to either preserve or buck tradition in the face of an ever-changing nation.
“An exceptional debut. Balli Kaur Jaswal reveals the conflicts at the heart of one Punjabi family with such compassion, such accuracy, the effect is compelling. Her gifts are immense.”
—Andrew Cowan, author of Pig
“Inheritance is mesmerising. Balli Kaur Jaswal’s voice is rich in detail and emotional truth. I was carried away with the characters’ hopes and hurts. The book reminded me of the weight of family, but also how lost we are without it.”
—Simmone Howell, author of Everything Beautiful
About the Author
Balli Kaur Jaswal is an internationally bestselling author whose latest novel is The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. Her previous novels include Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award, and Sugarbread, a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize. Her third novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was translated into 15 languages and chosen by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club last year. Jaswal’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan.com, Vogue India, Conde Nast Traveller India, Harper’s Bazaar India, Refinery29 and Salon.com. A former writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia and Nanyang Technological Institute, she teaches fiction and creative non-fiction at Yale NUS College.