A Bit of Earth
Suchen Christine Lim
Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2001
Malaya. A land of unparalleled richness. For centuries, the peninsula has attracted fortune hunters, money-grabbing pirates and migrants seeking a better life. Among those whose lives are rooted in the Malayan soil are three families - the Wongs, sons of the Chinese earth; the Wees, subjects of the English gods; the Mahmuds, scions of the Malayan soil - each with different dreams for the bit of earth they live on. Their destinies meet and this clash of hopes inevitably leads to tragedy.
In A Bit Of Earth, Suchen Christine Lim deftly weaves historical fact and a fiery imagination in a visually powerful multicultural story that spans three generations and four decades - proving once again that she's one of Asia’s leading fiction writers.