The Straits Times
Published on Jan 26, 2013

Jing-Jing Lee's If I Could Tell You inspired by missing HDB landmarks


Singaporean writer Jing-Jing Lee grew up in an HDB flat in Jurong West, where her neighbours ranged from working professionals to old women collecting cardboards for a living.

The 28-year-old tells their stories in her first novel, If I Could Tell You, published by Marshall Cavendish Editions.

The seed for the book was planted on visits home, as the Hamburg-based writer failed to recognise old haunts or find familiar landmarks.

“I feel displaced sometimes. It has to do with a lot of the buildings being torn down.”