Books set in Malaysia (10)

Black Water Sister

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
A finalist for the 2022 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel One of BookPage's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2021 One of Reviewers' Choice Best Books of 2021 One of Book Riot's Best SFF Standalones of 2021 “Ghosts. Gods. Gangsters. Black Water Sister has it all…a wildly entertaining coming-of-age story for the twentysomething set, with a protagonist who is almost painfully relatable at times.”—Vulture "A twisty, feminist, and enthralling page-turner."—BuzzFeed "A sharp and bittersweet story of past and future, ghosts and gods and family."—Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselli... continue
Recommended: 11 May 2023

In a Far Country

In a Far Country by K. S. Maniam EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
In A Far Country is a remarkable novel for its experiment. It moves beyond early Malayan writing in English which sought to establish a local literary imagination in opposition to an imposed colonial one. In A Far Country seeks to free itself from this literary ghetto by addressing national issues and departing from realism to do so.
Recommended: 08 Aug 2023

The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
A mesmerizing new novel of love and betrayal from the critically acclaimed author of "The Gift of Rain," which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008.
Recommended: 10 Jul 2023

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo EN

Rating: 3.5     62 Votes
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
Yangsze Choo s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists. Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a ghost bride for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home fo... continue
Recommended: 18 Apr 2023

The Girl and the Ghost

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf EN

Rating: 3.5     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
Retells a Malaysian folk tale in which a lonely girl, Suraya, inherits from her grandmother a pelesit, a ghostly demon, who proves to be a good companion, bringing both danger and hope.
Recommended: 31 Dec 2022

Glass Palace

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh EN

Rating: 4     25 Votes
Country: Asia / India flag India
Rajkumar is a young orphan helping out in a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace in Mandalay, when the British force the Burmese King, Queen and court into exile. Haunted by his vision of the Royal Family and one of their attendants, he travels to the obscure town where they have been exiled, and his family and friends become inexorably linked with theirs. From this humble beginning, an extraordinary story of a century unfolds: in Malaya, amid the vast rubber plantations; in India, amid growing nationalistic fervor; in America, where ideals of democracy, terrorist skills a... continue
Recommended: 24 Apr 2023

The Harmony Silk Factory

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw EN

Rating: 3     3 Votes
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Anthony Burgess have shaped our perceptions of Malaysia. In Tash Aw, we now have an authentic Malaysian voice that remaps this literary landscape. The Harmony Silk Factory traces the story of textile merchant Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living in British Malaya in the first half of the twentieth century. Johnny's factory is the most impressive structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta Valley Johnny is a hero—a Communist who fought the Japanese when they invaded, ready to sacrifice his life for the welfare of his people. But to his so... continue
Recommended: 18 Nov 2022

The Malay Dilemma

The Malay Dilemma by Mahathir bin Mohamed EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
Recommended: 12 May 2023


The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
Amidst the Chinese-Malay conflict in Kuala Lumpur in 1969, sixteen-year-old Melati must overcome prejudice, violence, and her own OCD to find her way back to her mother.

Though I Get Home

Though I Get Home by Yz Chin EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Malaysia flag Malaysia
In these stories, characters navigate fate via deft sleights of hand: a grandfather gambles on the monsoon rains; a consort finds herself a new assignment; a religious man struggles to keep his demons at bay. Central to the book is Isabella Sin, a smalltown girl transformed into a prisoner of conscience in Malaysia's most notorious detention camp.
Recommended: 30 Apr 2023

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