The Sun Sets in Singapore: A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick

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Grand Central Publishing
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6.31 X 9.11 X 0.97 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

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.

"Unlike anything I've ever read. Slick, agile, and utterly engrossing, this spectacular debut features a set of protagonists so rarely portrayed: Black women expats."--Taiye Selasi, Author of Ghana Must Go
"In The Sun Sets in Singapore, Kehinde Fadipe expertly weaves the stories of three Nigerian expats seeking to write their futures in the luxe, moneyed world of Singapore, only to have their lives disrupted by the arrival of a handsome newcomer. The interloper's impact is both unexpected and rewarding, deepening our understanding of this trio of remarkable women as they learn to confront the scars of their pasts and reexamine what truly matters to them. A compelling story of ambition, identity, and friendship, this dynamic debut novel is a must-read for every book club."--Kirthana Ramisetti, author of GMA Book Club pick Dava Shastri's Last Day
"With a vibrant host of characters set against the lush, wanderlust-inducing backdrop of Southeast Asia, Fadipe's energetic, technicolor prose sucks you into the maddening worlds of Dara, Amaka, and Lillian, and spits you out with more grace, more empathy, and more understanding. A rich celebration of the nuanced complexities of Black womanhood and friendship."--Lola Akinmade Åkerström, international bestselling author of In Every Mirror She's Black
"A satisfying blend of drama, glamour, and friendship--a stunning and impressive story with bold characters worth loving and rooting for."--Jane Igharo, author of Where We End & Begin
"Sizzles off the page. I couldn't put it down."--Alice Clark Platts, author of The Cove

"Considered and thoughtful writing meets page-flicking drama . . . The vivid storytelling is a masterclass in exploring the impact a new person can uniquely have on each of us, based on our pain points, pasts, and passions. I felt like I had been listening in to years of these characters' therapy sessions; thanks to the richness of their inner lives as told throughout the chapters. This book is made for living next to SPF and sunglasses in a summertime basket bag."

--Giselle La Pompe Moore, author of Take It In
"Vividly depicted and compelling . . . A tumultuous journey through betrayal, heartache, and the healing power of finally being honest with those around you, and with yourself. An engaging read that may just prompt some wanderlust!"--Charlene Carr, author of Hold My Girl
"A gripping portrayal of the highs and lows of living and working in a foreign country within a small community. [Fadipe] creates complex characters whose motives continually keep the reader in suspense, while also addressing wider issues of workplace dynamics, misogyny, and the discrimination Nigerians face around the world. A perfect recommendation for fans of Nikki May's Wahala (2022) and Lolá Ákínmádé Âkerström's In Every Mirror She's Black (2021)."--Booklist
"[A] striking debut . . . Fadipe casts a studied eye on Singapore's small but thriving African expatriate community while weaving a cautionary fable about how all that glitters may not be gold . . . Shrewd observations on identity, classism, and racism give the novel an emotional edge . . . Savor the local settings and depictions of high society."--Publishers Weekly
"Alternating among the perspectives of the three women, Fadipe showcases her rich talent for illustrating Singapore's social and economic landscape as well as the emotional complexities that motivate each character. A lovely exploration of the phase of self-discovery between early adulthood and middle age."--Kirkus
"[The Sun Sets in Singapore] is going to make your summer sizzle! This page-turner is so unique and immersive, you won't be moving for a while!"--Buki Papillon, author of An Ordinary Wonder
"Charming, sweet, funny, and emotional . . . The opportunity to experience something completely new makes The Sun Sets in Singapore worth picking up and discussing at your own book club."--Associated Press