The House of Little Sisters by Eva Wong Nava

The House of Little Sisters by Eva Wong Nava

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It’s August of 1931 in Singapore, sixteen-year-old Lim Mei Mei (Ah Mei) arrives at the home of Eminent Mister Lee on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month. She has been sold to the family as a mui tsai, an indentured servant girl. At the Lee household, Lim Mei Mei’s life education begins. There she encounters the spirit of Ah Lian, a mui tsai, who paid the ultimate price for her mistake. Through Ah Lian, Ah Mei discovers the plight of mui tsai, who are both helpless and powerful, and uncovers a shameful secret lurking in the shadows in the Lee house. Ah Mei also meets and falls in love with Hassan Mohamed, an Indian-Muslim and an aspiring poet, breaking every clause in the rule book of love in 1930s British Malaya. She becomes Hassan’s Polar Star, and the young lovers must find a way to stay together. Through a twist of fate, Ah Mei finds a solution that will keep her and Hassan together, at the same time gaining agency that will secure her own future as an uneducated servant girl in British Malaya.


A novel rich in historical detail and memorable characters. Tautly paced and extensively researched.’- Dave Chua, author of Gone Case

‘A riveting and masterfully crafted historical fiction.’
- Vivian Teo, author of the My BFF Is an Alien series

‘A haunting feast for the senses.’
- Daryl Kho, author of Mist-bound

‘This is an exciting piece of historical fiction anchored by relatable characters, and is the best way to experience the past.’
-Audrey Chin, author of The Ash House

Publisher: Penguin SEA
ISBN: 978-9814882279
Pages: 240
Ages: 12 and above