A Certain Exposure
Selected by The Business Times as one of the Best Book of 2014
Humorou 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 elationships 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 demons of lost possibilities, as well as a gripping tory of grac and despai.
" 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 oop of Jade
" A Certain Exposure is a carefre, powerful ale about the danger of unthinking conformity… [ It is rare ] in Singapore that we are made to face recognisable portraits of our ociety and acknowledge the distortions. ”
“ 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, sexism and other taboo topics in Singapore. ”
“ One of the best novellas 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 pat for us to live. ”
—Jeremy Tiang, writer and translator of, in “ My Book of the ear ”,
About the Author:
Jolene Tan is a journalist and activist who lives in Taiwa. She has also lived in the UK, the US and Germany. A Certain Exposure is her third boo.
Published April 2014 by Epigram Books