Singapore Shelf: ‘Ear prostitutes’, secrets in Clarissa Goenawan’s Watersong

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About Watersong,
Written by Toh Wen Li, and was originally published in The Straits Times,
Jul 23, 2022


When she was a busy marketing professional in her 20s, Clarissa Goenawan felt she had no time to read anything except manga. One day, a colleague lent her a novel. It was Norwegian Wood (1987) by Haruki Murakami. "I thought, never mind, I'll take it home and a couple of days later I'll return it to him and say I didn't have time to read it," says the Singaporean author, now 34. "What happened was I read the book and I couldn't stop."

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