Selina Siak, former Fellow, publishes new book

When the Future Comes too Soon

Selina Siak, former Fellow, publishes new book

Selina Siak, who was an Atlas Research Fellow at St Catherine’s from 1989 to 1992, has published her second novel. The book is called When the Future Comes too Soon (AmazonCrossing, 2017) and follows her critically acclaimed debut, The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds, which was published last year. Selina’s writing has been likened to Amy Tan, Pearl S Buck and Arthur Golden, and When the Future Comes Too Soon is an intensely emotional story, blending an exotic setting with eternal questions of life, love and loss that cross cultures and time. The story follows a woman, Mei Foong, and her desperate struggle to stay alive, save her marriage, and protect her family during the Japanese occupation of Malaya in World War II.

When the Future Comes Too Soon has already received a stellar reception, scoring a 4.64 rating on Goodreads. It earned glowing endorsements from María Dueñas, author of the New York Times bestseller The Time in Between, who praised the novel as ‘an intensely visceral evocation of life in Malaya during World War II’, and Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author of the Man Asian Literary Prize-shortlisted Between Clay and Dust, who commended its ‘intricately drawn network of human relationships’.

Selina began writing seriously after undergoing chemotherapy, as a way of aiding her recovery. Her two books, which form part of ‘The Malayan Series’, provide a fascinating window into the often-overlooked history of South East Asia in the period leading up to, and during, World War II.

Both When the Future Comes Too Soon and The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds are available to purchase online and in bookstores worldwide.