Author(s): Jamie Marina Lau
The suburbs of Par Mars. Two shopping centres, rows of estates and a thematic design scheme.
Twenty-four-year-old Leen is going to open an ear-cleaning and massage salon in the Topic Heights Shopping Centre, taking her mother's Chinese ritual to the West to bring people back to their bodies.
But something is not quite right in Par Mars. Managers are being attacked, and when Leen befriends Jean Paul, a pharmacist who is obsessed with a cryptic online forum, she finds herself involved in a community that is intent on disrupting the routines of capitalism in increasingly troubling ways.
In nonstop prose, GUNK BABY takes aim at consumerism and class, orientalism and the Zen movement, violence, fashion and middle-class boredom. Daring and original, from a voice younger, newer and more critical than most.