Singapore Love Stories

Singapore Love Stories

Edited by Verena Tay


What does it mean to love and be loved in Singapore?

Singapore Love Stories is a vibrant collection of seventeen stories that delves into the diverse love lives of Singapore’s eclectic mix of inhabitants. From the HDB heartlander to the Sentosa millionaire, the privileged expatriate to the migrant worker, the accidental tourist to the reluctant citizen, the characters in this anthology reveal an array of perspectives of love found in the island city-state.

Leading Singaporean and Singapore-based writers explore the best and worst of the human condition called love, including grief, duplicity and revenge, self-love, filial love, homesickness and tragic past relationships. Collectively, the stories in this anthology reveal the many ways in which love can be both a salve and a wound in life.

Summary of Contents

A Poor Man

by Audrey Chin

Sago Lane

by Heather Higgins

Love, Nude

by Elaine Chiew

A Bad Decision

by Damyanti Biswas

A Long Bicycle Ride to the Sea

by Jon Gresham


by Verena Tay

True North

by Shola Olowu-Asante

The Things We Hide

by Clarrissa N. Goenawan

The Gardener

by Raelee Chapman

The Ruby Case

by Wan Phing Lim

Space, Time and Chicken Rice

by Kane Wheatley-Holder

Too Fat

by Vanessa Deza Hangad


by Jing-Jing Lee

The Veil

by Alice Clark-Platts

ATM Agony Aunty

by Melanie Lee

Bayshore Wake

by Marion Kleinschmidt

Merlion’s Magic

by S. Mickey Lin