People on the sidelines of history

Local writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow's The Prisoner tells the story of a woman whose husband is detained for 10 years by the Internal Security Department

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, a former teacher who started writing fiction in 2011, has long been interested in the little aspects of local lives.
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, a former teacher who started writing fiction in 2011, has long been interested in the little aspects of local lives. PHOTO: WESLEY LOH KAR-WAI

What is it like to have your loved one taken away?

Singaporean writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow explores this in her short story The Prisoner, told from the perspective of a woman whose husband is detained for 10 years by the Internal Security Department. It won the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize in March this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'People on the sidelines of history'. Subscribe