In conjunction with Fish Girl we will also read Somerset Maugham's The Four Dutchmen and discuss the two stories together. The Four Dutchmen is very short and a link to this story will be sent out.
Sparked by the description of a "Malay trollope" in Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish Girl tells of an Indonesian girl whose life is changed irrevocably when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant. There she finds both hardship and tenderness as her traditional past and colonial present collide.
Told with an exquisitely restrained voice and coloured with lush description, this moving book will stay with you long after the last page.
Shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Pr