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A Good True Thai (Preorder)


SKU: 9789814901260

"A powerful narrative about three young people drawn from different social and ethnic backgrounds whose lives … lead to tragic consequences."
Professor Rajeev S. Patke, director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College

Currently taking preorders for this title, orders for this book are expected to be fulfilled by end September 2020.

Finalist for the 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize

Sunisa Manning

In 1970s Thailand, three young people meet each other with fateful results. Det’s just lost his mother, the granddaughter of a king. He clings to Chang, a smart boy from the slums, as they go to college, where Det falls for Lek, a Chinese immigrant with radical ideals. Longing for glory, Det journeys into his friends’ political circles. A Good True Thai is a historic epic that takes the reader through Thailand’s most famous period of political and artistic openness, and asks the question: is democracy the most equitable type of government, or a foreign import suitable only to the West?

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About the Author
Sunisa Manning was born and raised in Bangkok by Thai and American parents. She went to Brown University and now lives in California. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus and other places. She’s been honoured with residencies at Hedgebrook and Hambidge, and awarded fellowships at San Jose State and the SF Writer’s Grotto. A Good True Thai is her first novel.

ISBN: 9789814901260
Format: Paperback
Size: 152 x 225mm
Pages: 288pp
Published: July 2020

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