This powerful, occasionally astonishing story about materialism, status and manipulation is written in Singlish — a Singaporean English patois — which takes some getting used to but adds extra authenticity to the experiences of these girls trapped between two different worlds: struggling to work and party in a Westernised city when the home tradition expects them to be married. Fascinating.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator