BEST THING THAT NEVER BEAUTIFUL RUINS HAPPENED TO ME
By LAURA TAIT
Everyone remembers their first love. Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided ten years ago that love wasn’t about mix tapes and seizing the moment – though she’s not exactly sure it’s about secret dates with your boss, either. But what if the feelings never really went away? Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It’s a fresh start in a big city, and he’s almost certain that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Almost.
9780552170710 TRANSWORLD S$18.00
How do you know if it was meant to be… or never meant to happen at all? A brilliantly funny, feel-good story of first love, second chances and everything in between, perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.
PEACH BLOSSOM PAVILLION VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT By AMY TAN
9780062349705 HARPER US S$16.00 /
9780007507429 HARPER UK S$16.00
Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. A deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters, The Valley of Amazement returns readers to the compelling territory of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic insight and humor, she conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.
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