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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee

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2 reviews

Imprint: Oneworld Publications
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781786074126

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious tale of endurance, identity, and memory, for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones.

4 stars out of 5
Zoë Apostolides
29 Jun 2019

"Jing-Jing Lee charts the ‘lost years’ of a Japanese military brothel survivor"

Through his child’s eyes, trusting, wise and naive all at once, he unwittingly refuses to compound the silence of decades. Lee intersperses these sections with real structural skill to form a deeply affecting whole, and one that reincarnates the disappeared by telling their many disparate stories.

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3 stars out of 5
Phil Baker
5 May 2019

"One of history’s half-forgotten horrors, the Japanese treatment of the Chinese during the Second World War, is ripped open "

One of history’s half-forgotten horrors, the Japanese treatment of the Chinese during the Second World War, is ripped open again in this debut novel from the Singapore-born writer Jing-Jing Lee...

Lee intercuts between Wang Di now, Wang Di then, and local schoolboy Kevin, a bullied misfit, in a novel that opens up Wang Di’s past and a second story about an adopted child. The second plot line and choppy structure are mixed blessings, but it feels culturally authentic and the writing has grace.