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Fiction Literary


A Novel

by (author) Lydia Kwa

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
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Pulse is a complex, riveting novel about love, death and the ties that bind.

The story begins in the summer of 2007 in Toronto’s Chinatown. Natalie is thrown into recollections of her native Singapore when she receives the devastating news that Selim, the son of her childhood friend and lover, has died suddenly. Selim left behind clues that suggest his death may have something to do with Natalie’s own past, and she decides to return to Singapore to uncover the truth. Bound up with this tragedy is the relationship between Natalie and her father, a domineering man whose treatment of his daughter may be the key to understanding Selim’s death.

About the author

LYDIA KWA is the author of a poetry collection, The Colours of Heroines, and two novels, This Place Called Absence and The Walking Boy, which was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She was born in Singapore and moved to Canada in 1980. After obtaining a B.Sc. in psychology at the University of Toronto, Kwa studied at Queen's University and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She now lives and works in Vancouver as a writer and psychologist. Please see for more on the author.

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