by Nina Gee
Title: The Second Law Of Marriages
Author: Christine Chia
Publisher: Math Paper Press
Available at BooksActually.
As one of the strong independent female poets in Singapore, Christine Chia brings a psychodrama story to life through a collection of compelling poems.
Following the death of her father and her mother’s second marriage, the poems in The Law of Second Marriages reveals a riveting tale of a young girl growing up amidst her broken family. Inspired by real events that occurred in Chia’s life, she had crafted this captivating thriller that explores many thoughts and emotions when facing and overcoming tragedies. This collection primarily focuses on the theme of family values and what they mean. The poems goes on to include interlinking themes such as death, love, friendships, pain, and the grey area between truth and lies. She uses a direct approach in her writing to translate the trauma and distress faced by the protagonist into beautiful poems that readers can personally relate to.
The poems are structured to link chronologically so that reading it will slowly unfold the narrative. It starts off with the protagonist at a young tender age facing the woes of being a daughter, sister, and student, but as it progresses, the readers get to see her grow and shape into being a strong and independent women, much like Christine Chia herself. What makes this chapbook so engaging and special is that it manages to entrap the readers in a dark place at the beginning but slowly bring them back into a lighter and more positive tone as it goes along. It gives an air of hope and optimism to the readers, a reminder that past sufferings do not define the future.
Her poems allow readers to connect and emotionalise on a deep level with the protagonist. The imagery created by Chia’s choice of words perfectly captures both the agony and joy behind the different memories penned down. Aside from it’s thrilling plot, the poems are laced with Singaporean zest. It explores many familiar memories of growing up in Singapore that will tug at the reader’s heartstrings.
A book to open minds and explore emotions, this heartwarming yet gripping tale is definitely worth reading.