Lack, a companion to all, reveals itself in different ways in these fifteen tales, offering glimpses into how we live without the things we want, need, or think we ought to have. Through the eyes of characters from across the world, Without brings you into lives where contentment is just out of reach.
On the way to visit her grandfather’s grave, a young girl discovers the meaning of compassion. An encounter between two strangers on the Athens Metro reveals different takes on the migrant crisis. An unwelcomed visitor prompts a Canadian couple to reassess their life together. Noisy neighbours awaken a solitary sonographer's denied desires. A high-flying advertising man in Hong Kong gives up more than he intended, for the next big slogan. Through encounters with the sea, a woman walks through her fears, and learns about loving and letting go.
Whether what’s missing is intangible – courage, liberty, imagination, or a new beginning, or something more substantial like a lover, a child, or a home, life is seen in different colours, for those without.
“Like Graham Swift’s Last Orders, Koh Morollo’s work offers a timely, heartfelt reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life. Stripping away the misleading and sometimes grubby veneer, she examines the lives of forgotten people, neglected souls navigating complicated, messy, unpredictable lives, often struggling to find the right path. Without takes readers on that complex, emotional journey, guiding us through with wit, warmth and, most importantly of all, empathy.” – Neil Humpreys, author of Singapore best-seller Complete Notes from Singapore
“Short story lovers will find much to enjoy in these evocative tales. The settings are varied, but there's a rich, consistent literary tone that makes it a great summer read.” – Nury Vittachi, journalist, and author of The Feng Shui Detective series.
“Transcending geographical boundaries, these stories cast deft and compassionate glances across swaths of emotional terrain, zooming in on relationships in deeply poignant ways.” – Cyril Wong, award-winning poet, and author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories
“These are stories I would have liked to write. Set in countries like Hong Kong, the UK, Canada and Greece, they sparkle with arresting characters, authentic dialogue, and accurate and evocative sense of place. An impressive debut.” – Robert Yeo, Southeast Asia literary pioneer, and author of The Adventures of Holden Heng
Twenty speculative and science fiction stories exploring Hong Kong in the future.
Published by the Hong Kong Writers Circle, a review by South China Morning Post gave the anthology a 4.5/5 star rating and referred to Michele's short story "Liberty Exchange" as "probably the anthology’s most entertaining story, as it reveals the evolution of expatriate hedonism in an increasingly repressive city."
Imprint is the annual anthology of Women in Publishing Hong Kong. Two of Michele's short stories "Abracadabra" and "Summer Visitors" were published in Imprint 16.
"Her writing is rich and visual...Koh Morollo is not afraid of juxtaposition and vivid imagery", wrote reviewer Melanie Ho in a South China Morning Post review of Imprint 16.
Michele's creative fiction "Without" and "Lunch Break" were published in Imprint 17.
Twenty-four stories about the "love lives of the city-state’s eclectic mix of inhabitants".
Singaporean and Singapore-based writers explore the best and worst love and sex in "tales of emotional adventure and erotic self-discovery."
Two of Michele's short stories appear in this anthology.
Rotten Jellybeans is a comical and surreal adventure into the madcap world of teenage girlhood. Dark, funny and delightful.
"Rotten Jellybeans is a wonderful memoir written with compassion, integrity and warmth." – Jason Pegler, social entrepreneur, author and founder of Chipmunka Publishing.
A "stunning collection of stories that capture social, cultural, and political realities of contemporary Hong Kong." - Hong Kong Review of Books.
Michele's story "For Better Thinking" is the first story that appears in this anthology, which received a glowing review from the South China Morning Post.
"The Art of Seduction" by Michele's short story was published in Imprint 18.
Michele wrote the introduction to "Unplugged In Nature" – a chapter on architecturally outstanding homes located in rural environments.
Michele edited a memoir by UK author Dorothy Schwarz for Chipmunka Publishing.