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Fragile Monsters

Catherine Menon

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Viking
05 January 2021
A spellbinding novel of war and family betrayal set in Malaysia - The God of Small Things for our century On a visit to her childhood home in rural Malaysia, Durga faces a reckoning. Stuck with her sharp-tongued grandmother in the rising heat, both women must untangle the truth from the myth of their family's past. What happened to Durga's mother after she gave birth? Why did so many of their family members disappear during the war? And who is to blame for the childhood tragedy that haunts Durga?

Fragile Monsters traces one family's story from 1920 to the present day, unravelling a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and redemption against the backdrop of natural disasters and fallen empires. Written in vivid technicolour, with an electric daughter-grandmother relationship at its heart, this is a stunning debut novel about what happens when secrets fester through the generations.
By:   Catherine Menon
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   313g
ISBN:   9780241439296
ISBN 10:   0241439299
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   05 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine Menon has Malaysian heritage and lives in London. She is a University lecturer in robotics and holds an MA in Creative Writing. Fragile Monsters is her first book.

Reviews for Fragile Monsters

A beautiful, richly textured absorbing read. I was utterly transported * Irenosen Okojie * A propulsive debut scattered with gems of fresh and surprising imagery. Menon is at her best exploring the intricate bond between women over generations, their histories strung tight over the fraught realities of a nation coming into being * Preti Taneja * A brilliant novel about homecoming and the layered, unstable past that haunts and hurts . . . I admire it enormously * Colm Toibin * Supple, artful, skilful storytelling - it takes an immediate grip on the reader's imagination and doesn't let go * Hilary Mantel *


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