A Different Sky (Paperback)

By Meira Chand

Random House UK, 9780099546245, 488pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011



A dazzling, sweepingnovel telling the history of Singapore through the moving stories of three families whose lives become intertwinedSingaporea trading post where different lives jostle and mix. It is 1927, and three young people are starting to question whether this in-between island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; 10-year-old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by the colonial British; Raj, fresh off the boat from India, wants only to work hard and become a successful businessman. As the years pass, and World War IIsweeps through the east, with the Japanese occupying Singapore, the three are thrown together in unexpected ways, and tested to breaking point. Richly evocative, this novelpaints a scintillating panorama of30 tumultuous years in Singapore's history through the passions and struggles of characters the reader will find it hard to forget.

About the Author

Meira Chand is the author of several novels, including "A Far Horizon."

Praise For A Different Sky

"This extraordinary book traces the island's story through to 1956 and independence -- I thoroughly recommend it."
— Daily Mail

"An exotic, challenging, and heartbreaking novel."
Hong Ying, author of Daughter of the River