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Girl with Monkey
by Rosemary Mayo
Rose Perkins leaves 1920s England to work in Malaya as a nurse, and she challenges snobbery and the role of women. Her story is revealed in personal letters through World Wars I and II, and beyond, and in a journal written by her daughter Iris when revisiting Malaysia in 2002. During this, questions arise about the past. She ends her trip with a visit to Changi Jail to honor Jacko, a lifelong friend of Rose and a man Iris idolized when she was a child. Here, she sees his painting, Girl with Monkey, and begins to understand a family secret.
About the Author
Rosemary Mayo was born in Australia and grew up in Malaya until the age of thirteen. She obtained an RN in London and, later, an MA in English Literature at the University of Washington. She taught at community colleges in Seattle, where she lives with her husband.
A section of Girl with Monkey was previously published in the Manhattan Literary Review. She has also published essays and pieces for a local arts magazine.
(2011, paperback, 188 pages)