Ghani is a devout retiree, content to mind his garden and await the birth of his latest child. But when his firstborn son returns from abroad with a mysterious stranger in tow, the well-ordered reality Ghani knew begins to unravel. As his fruits rot on the vine and his hens turn feral, Quranic dogma and Darwinian idealism come to a head, sowing chaos that sets root in every member of his family.
Finches is a dark fantasy set in contemporary Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—a period marked by the increasingly more menacing public influence of Islamists and a clampdown on civil and GLBT rights. The novella is told in five vignettes, each from the perspective of either Ghani or his family members, and touches on how different generations contend with this social context.
This, my first published book, is set to appear from Vernacular Books in October 2021. Watch this website for more news when it arrives!