All her life, Audrey has done what is expected of her, following her father’s footsteps into the civil service, the “iron rice bowl” of Singapore. When a chance opportunity arises to attend a writing retreat in the Wonju mountains of South Korea, she grabs it, not knowing what to expect. Unexplainable things soon start happening to her, while a long-buried memory surfaces, threatening to unravel her calm and carefully-orchestrated world.
“Many Singaporean writers go on residencies, but do not write about them; Grace Chia is a notable exception, providing a fictional account of a residency in South Korea. She writes with insight and empathy about the spiritual and physical journey of her protagonist, Audrey—from culture shock to cultural acceptance. An exceptionally good read.”
—Robert Yeo, poet and playwright
“Honest, detailed descriptions highlight more than physical contrasts between Audrey’s internal and external explorations at Toji Cultural Centre and sleepwalking through her life in Singapore. Following her through White Cloud Mountain will make you reconsider your choices—and long to visit Korea!”
—Ovidia Yu, author of the History Tree Mystery series