The Riot Act
Nominated for the 2019 Singapore Book Awards, Best Literary Work
Winner of the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Questions abound in the aftermath of the Little India riot. Hashwini wonders if she triggered the chaos. Jessica asks if she should reveal what truly happened in the ambulance. Sharon thinks that the catastrophe could be what she needs to boost her political career.
The lives of three women intertwine when accident and coincidence collide. In Gimme Lao!-style hilarity, they become wrapped up in a web of truth, deception and political connections. This is a perceptive, fast-paced romp that asks “what if” of the riot that recently shook Singapore.
“Pegged to the Little India riots, Sebastian Sim’s The Riot Act is a surrealistic retelling that strikes at the heart of cynicism driving Singapore’s culture wars; interwoven stories poke entertainingly at our country’s political shenanigans, but satire becomes brutal realist fiction when we realise the author is merely holding up a tilted mirror to everything that is wrong with our society.”
—Cyril Wong, Judge, Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017
About the Author
Sebastian Sim grew up in a two-room HDB flat with parents who were part of the pioneer generation of independent Singapore.
Not one to shy away from the road less taken, he has travelled around the world to soak up different experiences and cultures, and tried his hand in diverse industries: a bartender at Boat Quay, an assistant outlet manager at McDonald’s, an insurance salesman, a prison officer in a maximum security prison, and a croupier in a casino.
He published three Chinese wuxia novels between 2004 and 2012, and his first English-language novel, Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao! (2016), was shortlisted for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
Size: 152 x 225mm
Published: April 2018