The Red Thread
A Chinese Tale of Love and Fate in 1830s Singapore
By (author) Dawn Farnham
Red Thread by Dawn Farnham
Book DescriptionLike Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the loweliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapore's Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. By incorporating real figures from Singapore's historical past, Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789810575670
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Monsoon Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: Singapore
Books By Author Dawn Farnham
English Concubine, Paperback (March 2016)
In the fourth and final volume of the The Straits Quartet, Charlotte Macleod is the English concubine. Her love affair with Zhen, wealthy Chinese merchant, is an open scandal to both the English and the Chinese communities. Singapore in 1860 is a vice-ridden town filled 'with the dregs of humanity from two continents.'
Shallow Seas, Paperback (March 2016)
In Volume 2 of The Straits Quartet, Charlotte Macleod is nineteen, pregnant, and alone in 1842. Through loss and pain, Charlotte will find a way to make a life with a man she does not love.
Hills of Singapore, Paperback (March 2016)View all books by Dawn Farnham
In Volume 3 of The Straits Quartet, young, beautiful and wealthy widow Charlotte Macleod leaves Batavia in the 1850s and returns to Singapore for the English education of her two young sons. She is determined not to be drawn back into a secret affair with Zhen, the married Chinese merchant, triad-member and man she loves.
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Author Biography - Dawn Farnham
Dawn Farnham grew up a sandgroper, barefoot and free, roaming the bushy suburbs and beaches of Perth, Western Australia. She has a BA in Japanese from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master's Degree from Kings College. She and her husband now live in Singapore. It is in this thriving port city-state that she found her muse and began to write, finding particular pleasure in its colourful and often wild past. She is the author of three books and numerous short stories.
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