Some time last year, I heard that Marshall Cavendish was organising an Asian based chic lit competition. The winner will then have his/her manuscript published. I’d initially wanted to join the competition but I needed to revise my plot completely to suit the theme and I had to do it in two months. So it is suffice to say that I never got around to doing that (even though the manuscript has been hanging out in my hard disc for at least two years).
A few weeks back, at one of my monthly book store visits, I came across In 5 Easy Steps by Lum Kit-Wye, the winner of the contest. I’d already reached my quote of book purchases that month so it took me a few more weeks before I got it. I started reading it while on the way to work today and so far, I’m enjoying it.
From the back of the book:
All Elaine Chan has ever wanted is a loving husband and a houseful of children. But when her almost-fiancé unceremoniously dumps her after a humiliating episode involving childhood enemies, condoms and puking, Elaine realizes that a change is in order. Armed with an article promising to show her how to re-invent herself in just 5 easy steps, Elaine finds herself on a one-way coach ride to a new life, a new future, a new her.
But the complete makeover of Elaine is an arduous process, and is threatened with derailment by distractions like the mystery of the neighbour’s vanishing Indonesian maid, with which Elaine finds herself strangely obsessed. Her efforts to keep all the balls in the air as she plays glamour-puss, model girlfriend (to Evan, a hotshot young lawyer form work) and sleuth extraordinaire all rolled into one enticing depilated package, frequently lead her into situations that verge on the bizarre.
Thank heavens then for her neighbour Kai, her mainstay of reason and humour through all the perils that seem to dog her evolution, and whose relaxed attitude to life reminds Elaine of how she used to be.
As Elaine struggles to emerge as an elegant butterfly from the dowdy chrysalis that was her former self, she cannot help asking if these five steps are taking her to where she really wants to go.
Sounds interesting, isn’t it?
The beginning itself had already gotten me hooked, just like Undercover Tai Tai, another Asian chic lit briefly mentioned here, and Tales of Saffy & Amanda. I like my chic lit funny and even though I’m only on page 46, Chapter 4, it seems promising. I didn’t want to put down the book actually but what with work and all… I’m looking forward to what else Elaine has in store for herself.
The book is available at Kinokuniya. There’s even a Facebook page for it too. Check the book out and let me know what you think.