Becoming Ah Lan Toh

About the Book

In swinging 60s seedy Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, in recently renamed South East Asian country of Malaysia, cabaret singer Ah Lan is taught a unique method by voice coach Sammi to not only make men clap but to stand up in more ways than one.
Sammi is looking for love, setting his sights on one particular GI in the audience, who is on R&R from the war in Vietnam. And so is Ah Lan. But her chances are slim—she stands a head taller than most Asian men.

But as fate would have it, her elderly neighbors the Tans are helping to fix her up with a very tall Affendi. He tells them he bartends at a club but left out the stripping on the side.

All this while Ah Lan is puzzling over the subtle changes to her body: broader shoulders, harder muscles, for instance. A jealous colleague hires her dressmaker Madam Chan to invoke some local black magic on her.

Will the dark forces be the downfall of Ah Lan?

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: WingsWorldWeb
Publication Year: 2018
Format: Kindle
Length: 152 pages
ISBN: 9781386893509
List Price: RM 12.45
eBook Price: USD 3.99
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About the Author
Leon Wing

Leon Wing has taken on writing wholeheartedly after taking online courses from Open University and University of Iowa.

Leon Wing's poems can be found in PoetryPoem, Readings from Readings 2, The Malaysian Poetic Chronicles, Eksentrika, Rambutan Literary, Haikuniverse.

A poem about the Syrian migration to Europe is featured in the Fixi anthology Little Basket 2017. He occasionally takes some poem apart and puts it back together, on the poetry blog

He has short stories published in Eksentrika, Queer Southeast Asia and a Canadian Asian literary magazine Ricepaper, and in anthologies like PJ Confidential and Remang, a collection of Malaysian ghost stories.

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