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Ministry of Moral Panic
Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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Winner of Best Fiction Title for Singapore Book Awards 2016 Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlisted for the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award 2014 Selected by The Business Times as one of the Top 10 English Singapore books from 19652015 Meet an over-the-hill Pop Y-y singer with a faulty heart, two conservative middle-aged women holding hands in the Galpagos, and the proprietor of a Laundromat with a penchant for Cantonese songs of heartbreak. Rehash national icons: the truth about racial riot fodder-girl Maria Hertogh living out her days as a chambermaid in Lake Tahoe, a mirage of the Merlion as a ladyboy working Orchard Towers, and a high-stakes fantasy starring the still-suave lead of the 1990s TV hit serial The Unbeatables. Heartfelt and sexy, the stories of Amanda Lee Koe encompass a skewed world fraught with prestige anxiety, moral relativism, sexual frankness, and the improbable necessity of human connection. Told in strikingly original prose, these are fictions that plough, relentlessly, the possibilities of understanding Singapore and her denizens discursively, off-centre. Ministry of Moral Panic is an extraordinary debut collection and the introduction of a revelatory new voice.
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GatheringBooks
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#RedRoseSeptember Day 13: I found myself drawn to practically all the stories in this collection, Ministry of Moral #Panic from Singapore. While there was that studied restraint in the writing, I felt that Koe was boldly reshaping boundaries in her narratives, pushing and pulling into issues otherwise perceived to be too controversial to be articulated – be it maid-employer dalliances and same-sex relationships. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-arX

Cinfhen Great photo 4mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen very interesting that in this photo of my book club in my previous institution, all four of us have left. The two gentlemen scholars are now affiliated with UCL in London, my mentor has retired and now living in France, and I am now in the United Arab Emirates. To think this photo was only taken four years ago. 4mo
Cinfhen Wow, what do you attribute all the movement too?Financial or academic ? 4mo
arlenefinnigan Love the cover! 4mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen definitely not financial. Singapore takes very good care of its teachers and professors financially. But the stress level is off the roof and work-life balance is practically nil. 4mo
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RealLifeReading
Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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#anditsaugust day 31: #bestofaugust

I didn't read as many books in August as in July - prob because of returning from Singapore and all that jetlag (more of helping the kids get over theirs!). But I did read some amazing books.
Ministry of Moral Panic - excellent short stories by a Singaporean
Everything We Lost - surprising coming-of-age
Packing for Mars - Mary Roach is always awesome
Court of Mist and Fury - sooooo gooooooood!!!!!

LA_Mead In totally on team Rhysand now that I'm reading Court of Mist and Fury. (I haven't finished it yet though, so that might change). 2y
valeriegeary ❤❤❤ 2y
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RealLifeReading
Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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#anditsaugust day 13: #coversinyrfavecolor
Just so happens that many of my fave books have green (or greenish) covers!

[DELETED] 3803335244 My favorite color is green 💚💚💚💚 I love these! 2y
britt_brooke Gorgeous! My favorite color as well. 💚 2y
Texreader 💚💚💚 2y
GatheringBooks i have the pink cover of ministry of moral panic which, truth be told, i loathed. this green one looks waaaay better 2y
Quirkybooknerd Where did you get that copy of wind in the willows because I must have it!!! 2y
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#anditsaugust day 9: #quickreads
Short story collections are usually slow reads for me but this one I just keep reading, story after story. I love the writing and its Singapore flavour.
And also this very Singapore breakfast - teh C siu dai (milk tea, less sugar), soft-boiled eggs and (not pictured) kaya toast

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»warum ist malaiisches Chili süß?
Damit die Musiker bessere Liebeslieder schreiben.«

Oder: Irgendwie kommen Kurzgeschichten wirklich am besten auf den Punkt.

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Books Actually in the Tiong Bahru estate of Singapore. A delight for booklovers. #Singapore #singlit

Rhondareads Loving the tour of your libraries&book stores. 4y
Texreader @RealLifeReading Gorgeous photo. Looks like a very nice place to be. 4y
BellaBookNook I love the big stacks of books! 4y
Laalaleighh 😍😍😍 3y
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The winner of the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction, Ministry of Moral Panic contains stories that encompass a skewed world fraught with prestige anxiety, moral relativism, sexual frankness and the improbable necessity of human connection.

#ireadbooksactually

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