SINGAPORE: EPIGRAM BOOKS, 2016
UNITED KINGDOM: EPIGRAM BOOKS UK, 2017
An independent publisher based in Singapore, Epigram Books is known for putting together well-designed and thought-provoking titles. It began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram but registered as a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature.
Kevin is a young man without a soul, holidaying in Tokyo; Mr Five, the enigmatic kappa, is the man he so happens to meet. Little does Kevin know that kappas—the river demons of Japanese folklore—desire nothing more than the souls of other humans.
Set between Singapore and Japan, Kappa Quartet is split into eight discrete sections, tracing the rippling effects of this chance encounter across a host of other characters, connected and bound to one another in ways both strange and serendipitous. Together they ask one another: what does it mean to be in possession of something nobody has seen before?
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- "Singapore Shelf," Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, The Sunday Times (Life C15, Nov 6 2016)
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- "Goodnight Kiss with Joshua Simon," Joshua Simon, Kiss92 FM (13 Oct 2016)
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- "Epigram Books publishes three new writers from Fiction Prize longlist," Lee Jian Xuan, The Straits Times (19 June 2016)
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