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The Moonlight Palace [Kindle Edition]

Liz Rosenberg
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British.

Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore.

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About the Author

Liz Rosenberg is the author of more than thirty award-winning books, including novels and nonfiction for adults, poetry collections, and books for young readers. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Paterson Prize, the Bank Street Award, the Center for the Book Award, and a Fulbright fellowship in Northern Ireland in 2014. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Binghamton University, in upstate New York, where she has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has guest-taught all over the United States and abroad, and has written a book column for the Boston Globe for the past twenty-five years. Her previous novels, Home Repair and The Laws of Gravity, have been bestsellers in the United States, Europe, and Canada. She and her husband, David, were raised on Long Island, and went to the same summer camp at ages seven and eight, respectively.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1745 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IPU792E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully done 1 Oct. 2014
This is a lovely novel. The voice of the narrator is not only strong but makes you feel compassionate from an early point in the book. Those qualities, mixed with the exotic setting and torrid family history (although somewhat imagined--see chapter two) made this a very interesting book.

This was a story that I was sorry to see end. The main character is such fun and her observations about life and her family are often times hilarious. I felt like I was walking alongside a friend during this book and that made it special.

I loved the strong sense of family and culture in this novel. I never knew quite what to expect next as the story takes unexpected turns in places that I wouldn't have imagined.

If you enjoy stories that come from true storytellers, this is a perfect example. The author has a gift for making you see pictures through her chosen words. I will happily read another book by this author and recommend that you check this out.

Really enjoyed it.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 3 Nov. 2014
By jessica
Format:Kindle Edition
The author opens a window into a short period in the life of a young Singaporean woman. The story is well paced. I enjoyed picturing the scenes that were painted and disappointed to reach the end - not because of anything more than I wanted to continue reading. I would recommend this as suitable for any age group
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of Songapore 26 Oct. 2014
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This was a well written and well researched book. Set in an interesting period in the history of Singapore. It was rather short which was a shame as there was enough material for a longer book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The moonlight palace . 3 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic read..couldn't put it down I was drawn into the book was lovely to read ..This is a,book you could read again .it left a happy feeling behind...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gentle story 25 Oct. 2014
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Full of detail and atmosphere, real people and places - what a gift this author has. Set back in time, but very much feels like today
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this easy to read story of Agnes coming of age at a time when everything is changing during the final era of British rule in Singapore. It perfectly portrays the mixed Sino-British-Indian-Malay culture that still exists today and the sometimes bitter consequences of doing the right thing. A brilliant read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 15 Nov. 2014
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what a wonderful story, really takes you into the time and the characters , magical light and amusing love story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful,witty,clever..a joy. 13 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Instantly transported back in time to beautifully described Sinapore.Immediate rapport with the characters,wonderful,true,touching understanding of youth,time,and aging,wrapped and delivered in a surprisingly beautiful way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional tale
It reads like the recollections of an elderly woman of her magical childhood in 1920's Singapore. Such beautiful language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eileen P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful book
Published 1 month ago by BRENDA ADAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant and original read.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Churchill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moonlight Palace
Nice easy to read book but was always waiting for something more to happen even at the end I felt slightly let down.
Published 4 months ago by Lynne Reeves Lynne Reeves
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant tale
A pleasant tale of 1920s Singapore, narrated by a young girl growing up in a crumbling palace. Well written, but it didn't feel quite complete to me, and I thought the characters... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ebook Proofreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good quick read and allowed me to reminisce my years in Singapore
Published 5 months ago by A. M. Overton
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little escape
As the title of my review says, this book is a nice little escape. I loved the atmosphere that the author evoked of both Singapore and the 1920's, but felt the characters were,a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lindy Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this book
I enjoyed reading this book as I have been to Singapore and I loved the country and it's people and gave me fond memories of the place. it is a lovely little story.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle snappy46Customer
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