Singaporean writes about dystopian world based on real news

Singaporean Thea Lim writes about the way that migrant workers are being mistreated in her debut novel, An Ocean Of Minutes

Author Thea Lim says the way migrant workers are being treated in her book is happening in the real world now.
Author Thea Lim says the way migrant workers are being treated in her book is happening in the real world now.PHOTO: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA

What does time travel have to do with immigration? One is an interesting analogy of the other, says Singaporean writer Thea Lim, who links the two in her upcoming debut novel An Ocean Of Minutes.

"When you leave a place, it often feels like you lose time," says the 36-year-old over the phone from Toronto, where she lives.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'Dystopian world based on real news'. Subscribe