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Claire Tham, The Gunpowder Trail and Other Stories (Times Editions, 2003).
A collection of six stories, not exactly short but shorter than novellas, so let’s call them short stories, from a Singaporean author, five of which are set at least in partly in Singapore. Tham’s characters come from all walks of life, but many of them have a self-destructive bent, and all collide with the confines of social mores.
Xinying Hong wrote this bio of Tham. Here’s an excerpt. Neil Murphy calls the collection very well crafted and engaging. Sign up for a free trial and you can read Peter Nazareth’s review (or this free trial) (and you can tell me what it says). Lars Eckstein (English literatures across the globe: a companion) praises Tham’s acute perception of the idiosyncracies of Singaporean culture. The book was shortlisted for the 2004 Singapore Literature Prize. In her other life, Tham is a partner at a Singapore law firm.