In December 1950, the worst riots Singapore has ever seen shut down the town for days, killing 18 people and wounding 173. Racial and religious tension had been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents.
In May 1950, Eurasian Annie Collins, following this case and filled with hope, returns to Singapore seeking her own lost baby Maria. As the time bomb ticks and Annie unravels the threads of her quest into increasingly dangerous territory, she finds strange recollections intruding, ones that have nothing to do with her own memories of her wartime experiences: disturbing visions and dreams which force her to doubt not just her past life, but her whole idea of who she truly is and even to question the search itself.
Finding Maria is at once a mother’s quest for her child, an unravelling mystery and a journey into suppressed memory and the nature of self-delusion.
Note to readers: This book is a new and updated edition of A Crowd of Twisted Things.
About the author
Dawn Farnham is the author of The Straits Quartet, a bestselling series of historical novels set in 19th-century Singapore, as well as numerous short stories, plays and children’s books. A former longterm resident of Singapore, Dawn now calls Perth, Australia, home. Learn more about Dawn at www.dawnfarnham.com.