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Let's Give It Up for Gimme Lao! - cover

Let's Give It Up for Gimme Lao!

Sebastian Sim

Publisher: Epigram Books

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Summary

Finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize 
 
“I don’t aspire to be nice. I do what is necessary to get what I want.” 
 
Born on the night of the nation’s independence, Gimme Lao is cheated of the honour of being Singapore’s firstborn son by a vindictive nurse. This forms the first of three things Gimme never knows about himself, the second being the circumstances surrounding his parents’ marriage, and the third being the profound (but often unintentional) impact he has on other people’s lives. 
 
Talented, determined and focused, young Gimme is confident he can sail the seven seas, but he does not anticipate his vessel would have to carry his mother’s ambition, his wife’s guilt and his son’s secret. Tracing social, economic and political issues over the past 50 years, this humorous novel uses Gimme as a hapless centre to expose all of Singapore’s ambitions, dirty linen and secret moments of tender humanity.

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