The Tessellated Path, Dr. Rosaly Puthuceary's first novel, will be launched on Sunday, 1 Nov 2009, at the Earshot Cafe as part of the Singapore Writer's Festival.
At the event, Rosaly, an English literature doctorate holder who has also previously published poetry collections with Select Books, will also launch Different Voices: The Singaporean/Malaysian Novel. This second book focuses on the challenges that a novelist faces in the literary representation of a multilingual environment, and is published by ISEAS.
The Tessellated Path Set is in the background of Singapore's struggle for independence, and the narrative explores the notion of predestination. Determined to live a life far removed from that of her mother's and grandmother's, the protagonist, Lisa, sets off on her own to discover a life beyond her comfort zone. In this journey of discovery, she is wrenched from her traditional mode of thinking as she confronts betrayal, homosexuality, wife-battering, murder, suicide, fraud and lechery. Interwoven with these are the historical moments which shaped the development of Singapore from a British Crown Colony to an independent nation. Although the narrative is rooted in autobiographical parallels and details, the portrayal of characters and dialogues are fictitious.
In The Tessellated Path, Rosaly has constructed an engrossing tale with allusions to the myths and legends of this region. The Vedic astrological sign, the Dragon's Tail, which hangs like a hostile force over the protagonist, becomes a metaphor for the unknown forces she must encounter to finally reach her destiny.
Do join us for the launch!