But who is he? Suffering horrific injuries and burns, he is taken to a local hospital. He is mute. Everything is a blank. They tell him his name. That is all he knows. When his Chinese wife arrives, he has no choice but to return to London to her family. He starts getting better with care and more surgery until one day… he’s assaulted. And he knows why.
The blow brings back a dangerous memory. But he’s crippled, disfigured and penniless… and he’s living the life of the man they think he is. What will he risk to uncover the truth?
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Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Cry of the Flying Rhino (2017), Proverse Hong Kong, winner of the 2016 International Proverse Prize.
Heart of Glass (2018), Unbound UK.
Overboard (2020), Leopard Print UK.
A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, she won the 2005 Middlesex University Press Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects' Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Her story Funny Mountain was published by Fixi Novo in the Hungry in Ipoh anthology and most recently her story The Accidental came out in their 2020 anthology. She won first prize in the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition 1994, first prize in the Barnes and Noble Career Essay Writing competition 1998 and was shortlisted for the David T K Wong Fellowship 1998 and the Ian St James Award 1999. She lives in London.
Chicago, 4 November 1980, US elections night. America is celebrating Reagan's win over Carter. She accepts a piano-playing job in Macau offered by Italian restaurant businessman Paolo. She gets to live luxuriously in a Portuguese colonial gothic mansion.
She meets New York DJ Ben, her crush, her nemesis and a compulsive gambler in the Macau casinos. He says she’s being exploited. When he overhears that Paolo has left her all his assets, he plots to kill Paolo so they can cut a recording deal in New York.
But will it work? Will she ever escape?