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The Sun Sets in Singapore

By Kehinde Fadipe
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Publisher Description

 A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick

Basking in Singapore’s nonstop sunshine, Dara, Amaka, and Lillian are living the glamorous expat dream—until a mysterious (not to mention handsome) new arrival infiltrates their tight-knit community and ruins everything: "Wanderlust-inducing" (Lola Akinmade Åkerström, international bestselling author).

The Lion City has gone by many names and is famous for many things—its decadent street food, its world-class shopping, its lush gardens that burst with tropical blooms. But paradise is always hiding a snake.
 
For Dara, a workaholic lawyer from the UK, Singapore is opportunity. Every day, brokering deals for her firm’s wealthy clientele, she gets closer to her ultimate goal: making partner. For Amaka, a sharp-tongued banker from Nigeria, Singapore is extravagance. Gucci, Prada, Hermès—she loves nothing more than to luxuriate in the major department stores that call her name on Orchard Road. And for Lillian, a former pianist turned “trailing spouse” from the U.S., Singapore is reinvention. In a stunning apartment with 360° views, the island seems to glitter as far as the eye can see.
 
But complications are looming in the form of an enigmatic stranger, whose presence exposes cracks in Singapore’s beguiling façade. Dara’s ambitions mean she has no life outside the firm, and her insecurities are threatening to derail the promotion she’s spent the last six years striving for. Amaka is desperate to escape the chaos she left behind at home and hiding a spiraling shopping addiction that’s endangering her very sense of self. And while Lillian’s life may be the envy of outsiders, a new obsession is imperiling everything—and everyone—around her.
 
In The Sun Sets in Singapore, Kehinde Fadipe captures the richness of this metropolis through the eyes of three tenacious women, who are about to learn that unfinished history can follow you anywhere, no matter how far you run from home.

Includes a Reading Group Guide.

27 Reviews

3.5
Thinking Face“The Sun Sets in Singapore follows Dara, Amaka, and Lillian, all ex-pats living and working in Singapore. They are going about their lives when Lani, the new Nigerian lawyer comes and shakes up everything. I'm gonna be honest. This was like the tale of two books. I struggled to continue reading this book up until the 60% mark. Dara's story was the one I felt most connected to, while William's was the most off and Akaka sounded like someone I would never want to be close to in real life. Then all of a sudden, everything starts to make sense and the meat of the book moves along. I loved the character development was decent but I hated every last one of the women until the end. It was hard to humanize them even after you learn the true tramas informing all the decisions. I think 3 novellas may have worked better.”
Beautiful settingUnengaging characters
Slightly Smiling Face
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingTwistyImmersive settingFeel goodThought-provoking

About Kehinde Fadipe

Kehinde Fadipe is a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art trained actress with stage and screen credits including Misfits (E4), Of Mary (Lesata Productions), and Ruined (Almeida Theatre). She began her writing career in the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writer's Program while studying English at UCL and has previously written and produced a short film, Spirit Children, starring Pippa Bennett Warner and Jenny Jules, which was screened in two international short film festivals. The Sun Sets in Singapore is her first novel. She continues to write both fiction and screenplays.

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