The Accidental Malay:

The Accidental Malay

By Karina Robles Bahrin

Published by Epigram Books

Fiction Collections



--Winner of the 2022 Epigram Books Fiction Prize--

Jasmine Leong wants to be the next CEO of Phoenix, her family's billion-ringgit company known especially for its bak kwa. But when Jasmine discovers she is actually a Malay Muslim, her newfound identity threatens to upend her life and ambitions. Set in Kuala Lumpur and other areas of Malaysia, The Accidental Malay examines the human cost of a country's racial policies, and paints a portrait of a woman unwilling to accept the fate history has designated for her.