Bitter-Sweet Harvest by Chan Ling Yap

Bitter-Sweet Harvest

Chan Ling Yap

In an action-packed story full of local colour and melodrama, An Mei’s tumultuous relationships with her Chinese Christian parents and Malay Muslim boyfriend take centre stage. The descriptions of the landscapes are particularly evocative and poignant. A must read for fans of Sweet Offerings – and a chance to renew acquaintance with characters from that story.

Extract

Hussein turned and looked at her beseechingly. 'Come with me,' he mouthed silently. Then, almost half running, he reached her and gathered her in his arms. 'Come with me, now,' he repeated urgently. She felt her resolve - to break-up with Hussein and remain with her parents - crumble. Without thinking she nodded vigourously. He caught hold of her hand and ran back to the check-in desk ignoring the indignant remarks of other passengers. 'Two seats,' he said retrieving the open ticket that An Mei had so firmly pushed back into his possession two hours ago. 'Two seats,' he repeated, his voice triumphant with joy.

Parallels
  • Sweet Offerings by Chan Ling Yap
  • Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  • Roopa Farooki by Half Life

Books with similar mood

Haunted Ground

Erin Hart

Still Life

Louise Penny

This is Paradise

Will Eaves

Alice Bliss

Laura Harrington

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke

The Poet's Wife

Judith Allnatt

Gone for Good

Harlan Coben

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

Death in Pont-Aven

Jean-Luc Bannalec

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

The Sweet and Simple Kind

Yasmine Gooneratne

The Outing

Audrey Corr

Idioglossia

Eleanor Bailey

Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman

Elizabeth Buchan

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

SuperJack

Adam Baron

Girls in Trouble

Caroline Leavitt

Under an English Heaven

Robert Radcliffe

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

Blessings

Anna Quindlen

The House of Dust

Paul Johnston

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

Smaller and Smaller Circles

E H Batagan

The Burgess Boys

Elizabeth Strout

A Crying Shame

Renate Dorrestein

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

City of Light

Lauren Belfer

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Ann Weisgarber

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

Derby Day

D J Taylor

Tell it to the Bees

Fiona Shaw

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

The Grenadillo Box

Janet Gleeson

July

Karen Roberts

The Last King of Scotland

Giles Foden

The Last of Us

Rob Ewing

Skinjob

Bruce McCabe

Disappear

Talitha Stevenson

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Helen Grant

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

Snow

Orhan Pamuk

Three of a Kind

Alison Norrington

The Snack Thief

Andrea Camilleri

Ghost MacIndoe

Jonathan Buckley

The Memory Game

Nicci French

Endymion

Dan Simmons