You know when a book falls into your life and just blows your mind?

Well that’s Ponti.

Set in 2003, Singapore, Ponti is the story of sixteen-year-old Szu. Living in the shadow of her mother Amisa a beautiful but has-been actress, Szu finds herself in her first real friendship with Circe. Seventeen years later, Circe is navigating a work project when she is suddenly confronted with the guilty memories of her friendship with Szu.

Ponti was one of those books that I keep spotting on twitter. Some of my favourite bookish people were talking about this brand new voice in literature. Using my mystical book lover powers, I managed to somehow summon a copy to my desk.

I could not put Ponti down. Sharlene Teo has a way with words which is up there with the greats. I felt like I was reading a prizewinner, the descriptions of sweltering Singapore left me heady and drained. Teo weaves three generations together through her amazing portrayals of young womanhood.

Ponti was everything I wanted in a novel: beautifully written, compelling and perfectly witty.

2018 is all about Ponti.

Ponti by Sharlene Teo will be published by Picador 19th April 2018


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