Heart of Glass

A pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era

Li-an is a con artist and talented Chinese American musician in Chicago’s Chinatown. With accomplice Dallas, she drugs and robs rich guys in bars, but when Dallas is caught, Li-An wants to come clean.

She accepts a piano-playing job in Macau offered by Italian restaurant businessman Paolo, where she meets New York DJ Ben, her crush, her nemesis and a compulsive gambler in the Macau casinos. He says she’s being exploited. When he overhears that Paolo has left her all his assets, he starts to hatch a plot so they can cut a recording deal in New York.

But will it work? Will she ever escape?

About the author

Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Malaysia. Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize, and has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

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Why We Like It

  • Poignant reflections on the issues of life as an immigrant in a big city
  • Themes of music, crime noir and 1980s disco are intelligently interwoven throughout
  • From Chicago’s Chinatown to Macau, this book is a real adventure

Ivy Ngeow

Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. Most recently she won the 2016 International Proverse Prize for her first novel Cry of the Flying Rhino (published November 2017). She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

Ivy won first prize in the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition 1994, first prize in the Barnes and Noble Career Essay Writing competition 1998 and was shortlisted for the David T K Wong Fellowship 1998 and the Ian St James Award 1999.

Ivy has been a highly-accomplished multi-instrumental musician since childhood and won fifth prize (out of 850 entrants) in the 2006 1-MIC (Music Industry Charts) UK Award for her original song – Celebrity, when she formed her own band, Satsuma (2005-07). Her songs are funky, modern and eclectic, with strong urban grooves and lyrics. Satsuma has played headlining gigs at top London venues such as: The Marquee Club, The Troubadour Club, The Water Rats, The Betsey Trotwood, Plan B and Clockwork.

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