The Lights That Find Us
Author: Anittha Thanabalan
Year of Issue: 2019
Finalist for the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Deepavali has never been the same since the terrible mistake Shreya made three years ago. She now dreads the annual celebration, choosing instead to be as uninvolved as possible, until she is visited by three celestial beings who decide to help her right the wrongs.
In Singapore’s answer to 'A Christmas Carol', Shreya revisits key events in her family’s history and catches a glimpse of their future as well. Seeing things in a new light, she comes to terms with her emotional wounds and learns the importance of keeping herself and her family whole.
"Where it shines is in its loving portrait of the festival of lights, from the mouth-watering descriptions of butter thosais, masala chai and murukku to the chaos of interrogations from nosy relatives and children setting things on fire ... it earnestly stresses that a festival is nothing without family." — The Straits Times
Anittha Thanabalan is a freelance writer and an English tutor. She has a degree in psychology from the Singapore Institute of Management. 'The Lights That Find Us' is her first novel.