‘”There are so many types of love,’ says Spielberg Lam, an aspiring actor in Red Affairs White Affairs. Felicia Nay’s lively, vibrant, and beautifully-wrought debut novel is, at its heart, about love. Love for Hong Kong and that city’s barrage of sensual stimuli, its Gods, its food and language. Love for its overcrowded streets and for the astonishing wildness at its peripheries. Love of friendships that are as multicultural and diverse as the city itself. Love of conversations that zigzag energetically skirting the surface of things or dive deeply toward truths. It is about physically falling in love. And finally, it is about learning to love oneself. “Hong Kong was an arranged marriage,” Reini, a German aid worker, reflects on her assignment with the Catholic MediMission. A global nomad by nature and profession, she comes to wonder if freedom of movement may actually mean one day, the freedom not to move, to stay in one place and to belong.’
Alice Greenway, author of White Ghost Girls and The Bird Skinner
‘A densely imagined portrait of a city, a historical moment and a compelling cast of characters.’
Felicia Nay's debut novel Red Affairs, White Affairs is a vivid story of an unanticipated a love affair - in this case with a city, Hong Kong in the early 2000s - as well as an immersive exploration of duty, politics, history and destiny. With a cosmopolitan cast of characters and in sparkling, precise, prose, Nay explores complex issues of identity, belonging and place.
Jean McNeil, author of The Dhow House and Ice Diaries
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‘Superb sense of place and culture as experienced by German aid worker Kim/Reini, a complex and original character I’d love to meet in real life. In other words, a fictional creation who really “lives”.’
Isabel Costello, author of Paris Mon Amour
‘The wish to belong and the desire to understand are two ideas deftly woven into the rich and compelling story of Red Affairs, White Affairs. Its subtle observations on human behaviour in different cultures are both razor-sharp and compassionate. This is a beautifully written debut by Felicia Nay.’
Jane Bailey author of Lark Song and What Was Rescued
'An unusual setting that so fascinates... a book I couldn't put down; I absolutely recommend it.'
Andy Godfrey, author of Thinking of Santorini and Tracing the Creative Process: a personal journey
‘Red Affairs, White Affairs is a strange, sometimes maddening novel, but in its way it’s a masterwork of sense and sensuality. There’s not a story there in the linear way I understand it, but a vivid, seamless rush of impressions and images like the view from some fast-flowing river, in high current.’