Riley is your virtual thrift companion, and here to help you find your next favourite read. You can also ask Riley for recommendations here.
Selected by The Business Times as one of the Best Books of 2014Satirical and sympathetic, political and personal, A Certain Exposure traces the adolescences of twin brothers Andrew and Brian, culminating in the explosive events leading to Andrew's tragic death. A classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly individual brothers, who struggle to navigate a complex tangle of relationships and coercive forces, cinematically interwoven with the yearnings and fears of an ensemble of mothers, fathers, cousins, friends and lovers both false and true. This wide-ranging debut beautifully presents the resonances and the ghosts of lost possibilities, as well as a gripping story of hope and betrayal.Praise:"I very much enjoyed A Certain Exposure. An immense achievement, with absolutely beautiful passages of description."— Sarah Howe, T.S. Eliot Prize-winning author of Loop of Jade"A Certain Exposure is a quiet, powerful tale about the dangers of unthinking conformity…[It is rare] in Singapore that we are made to face recognisable portraits of our society and acknowledge the distortions.”—Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times “One of the best debuts of 2014, this sometimes strident but largely effective novel begins with the suicide of a government scholar and proceeds to dissect elitism, racism, homophobia and other taboo topics in Singapore.”—Helmi Yusof, The Business Times “One of the best novels I’ve read recently…a haunting story about elitism and prejudice in a society which recites daily pledges to maintain equality for all.”—Balli Kaur Jaswal, author of Inheritance“A Certain Exposure is an intimately layered story about twin brothers forging different paths through the intricacies and prejudices of Singapore society, but will strike a chord wherever the struggle between personal values and social pressures is experienced.”—Ovidia Yu, author of Aunty Lee’s Delights“[A]n exciting debut novel that delves beneath the surface of Singapore society, questioning the dominant value systems and asking if there’s a better way for us to live.”—Jeremy Tiang, writer and translator of Durians Are Not the Only Fruit: Notes from the Tropics , in “My Book of the Year”, Singapore Poetry About the Author:Jolene Tan is a writer and activist who lives in Singapore. She has also lived in the UK, the US and Germany. A Certain Exposure is her first novel.