“Be with me” consists of three stories of love vs solitude
This is the bestselling coming-of-age novel by Michael Chiang, a semi-fictionalised autobiography and reminiscence of lost youth and boyhood.
The lives of pleasure seekers and pleasure providers intertwine one night in Singapore’s red light district. A series of intertwining tales involve “pleasure seekers and pleasure providers” during the course of one night in Geylang, Singapore’s red-light district. There are three distinct stories, united only by the presence of characters from all the stories in a streetside eatery.
Innocent and naive, the 17-year-old Lian is a maid to a rich family in Malaysia, whose sheltered existence is shattered when she is sent to work at a small hotel near Bugis Street in neighboring Singapore. Having to live with the transvestites and transexuals who make her living on the streets, Lian soon learns about another side of life.
Jade runs a Hainan chicken rice restaurant whilst taking care of her three sons, two of whom are openly gay and her uncertainty about which way her youngest son will go. Things take a dramatic turn when a young female French exchange student enters their lives and begins to overturn their traditional values.
Fast, frenetic, and furious, 15 is the story of five Singaporian teenagers who, abandoned by the system and estranged from their parents and life in general, build their own world in which gangs, drugs, fighting, piercing, self-harm and suicide are common and brotherhood is important above all else. Presents the chaotic lives of these boys, living in the shadows of a sprawling metropolis and with only each other to rely on.