Ponti

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100137067
Released: Sep 04, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508261261
Narrator/s: Vera Chok
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An award-winning novel about the value of friendships in present-day Singapore-a "stirring debutrelatable yet unsettling [that] smartly captures earnest teenage myopathy through a tumultuous high school relationship" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). "I am Miss Frankenstein, I am the bottom of the bell curve." So declares Szu, a teenager living in a dark, dank house on a Singapore cul-de-sac, at the beginning of this richly atmospheric and endlessly surprising tale of non-belonging and isolation. Friendless and fatherless, Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress-who gained fame for her portrayal of a ghost-and now a hack medium performing sEances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, an unlikely encounter develops into a fraught friendship that will haunt them both for decades to come. With remarkable emotional acuity, dark comedy, and in vivid prose, Sharlene Teo's Ponti traces the suffocating tangle the lives of four misfits, women who need each other as much as they need to find their own way. It is "at once a subtle critique of the pressures of living in a modern Asian metropolis; a record of the swiftness and ruthlessness with which Southeast Asia has changed over the last three decades; a portrait of the old juxtaposed with the new (and an accompanying dialogue between nostalgia and cynicism); an exploration of the relationship between women against the backdrop of social change; and, occasionally, a love story-all wrapped up in the guise of a teenage coming-of-age novelTeo is brilliant" (The Guardian).

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Author(s): Sharlene Teo
Original Publish Date: Sep 04, 2018

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Author(s): Sharlene Teo
Narrator(s): Vera Chok
Product Number DD39968
Released: Sep 04, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508263616
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Author(s): Sharlene Teo
Product Number EB00724636
Released: Sep 04, 2018
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781501173134

Professional reviews

"Narrator Vera Chok delivers an outstanding performance of this debut novel about family, friendship, and memory in Singapore. The story is told from the perspectives of three women: Amisa, a former film star who is now a medium; her isolated daughter, Szu; and Szu's nouveau-riche best friend, Circe. A social media consultant, Circe is tasked with promoting a remake of a horror movie that Amisa starred in in the 1970s. Estranged from Szu, Circe must confront the ghosts of her past. Chok's narration is upbeat and conversational. Her charming voice and accent perfectly embody the multicultural aspects of the three women: prim and proper Amisa, awkward Szu, and self-centered Circe. A unique and engrossing listen. A.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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