In this next Top 8 post, we’re looking closer to home with authors and stories from across Asia. Our top Asian Literature picks are:

4FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE by Tash Aw

RRP: RM104.50
BookXcess: RM19.90

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The lives of five Malaysian Chinese individuals intertwine in dazzling Shanghai as they look to make their dreams come true. They are all linked by the shadowy five star billionaire of the title, whose lessons for success wreak havoc on their lives. A story with insights not just into Malaysian life, but also the heart of China, a country in constant transformation and full of possibilities. Long listed for the Man Booker Prize.


1DREAMS OF JOY by Lisa See

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The story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls moves on to the next generation with Pearl’s strong-willed daughter Joy. In the wake of newly-uncovered family secrets, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957, searching for the birth father she never knew. Pearl is determined to save her from the rapacious influence of the new Communist China, no matter the cost. But even as their journeys finally converge, one of the nation’s most tragic historical events threatens both their lives…


6SOLO by Rana Dasgupta

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Ulrich’s passion for chemistry leads him to Berlin, but his studies are cut short when he must return home to look after his parents. He never leaves Bulgaria again – except in his daydreams, where his imaginary children, born of Communism, must make their way in a post-communist world of celebrity and violence. A masterful exploration of redemption and self-worth that blends fantasy and harsh reality into a single, colourful world.



8LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE by Salman Rushdie

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Luka is 12, just the age when the folks of his family cross over into magical lands on untold adventures. Just ask his older brother Haroun, who once travelled to the Sea of Stories. When the boys’ father falls into a sleep so deep he cannot be awakened, it is the start of young Luka’s quest to retrieve the Fire of Life, the only thing that may awaken him. Even as he is accompanied by Dog the bear, Bear the dog, and various fantastic companions, will he succeed?



2WHERE THE SERPENT LIVES by Ruth Padel

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Rosamund was once the darling of her world. Now she’s estranged from her zoologist father, at the mercy of her charismatic, philandering husband and despairing at the silences of her teenage son. She decides to embark on a journey back to the forgotten world of her Indian childhood, but will her family survive the changes she makes to save herself?



7THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT by Amy Tan

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Amy Tan weaves another of her trademark cross-generational epics, spanning over forty years, two continents, and the lives of Violet and Lulu Minturn, mother and daughter powerfully linked to Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house. Both women search for love, identity and penance from North America to bustling Shanghai, but will they be reunited as a family?



3THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN by Thrity Umrigar

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Thrity’s third novel is a gripping take on race, privilege, grief and family. When the Bentons lose their seven-year-old son, a move to India gives them a new opportunity to heal and move on. But Frank befriends Ramesh, their housekeeper’s son, and affection becomes dark obsession…



5THE MOUSE DEER KINGDOM by Chew-Siah Tei

RRP: RM49.45
BookXcess: RM17.90

When Chai Mingzhi arrives as an immigrant to Melaka in 1905, he takes indigenous boy Engi out of the jungle to live with him. Bewildered by a world he does not recognise and Mingzhi’s increasingly bitter personal affairs, Engi learns to take on the shape of a mousedeer to survive. Twenty years on, a now-grown Engi sets out to unravel the mystery of Chai’s past, his tireless quest for a specific plot of land, and the tragedy that heralded his downfall. The Mouse Deer Kingdom presents an unflinching look at the early immigrants who would put down roots in Malaysia, making it their descendants’ homeland, and the native peoples around them.


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