Fall Baby

The truth of her own origins, as well as the deep, dark secret that enveloped the lives of her parents will change her world. Srikandi—who prefers to be called by her nickname, Siri—is a globe trotting conceptual artist. She is shy, a little introverted and inquisitive. She is also worldly, intelligent, free-spirited and the loneliest woman on the planet. Siri’s personal life, however, defies even her own imagination. Married young but now a widow with an adopted daughter, Siri is forced to confront her beliefs and understanding of family, self, and the world. Will she be able to reconcile with the violence in her parent’s past to move forward in the changing world?

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About the Author

Laksmi Pamuntjak (b. 1971) is an award-winning bilingual Indonesian novelist, poet, food writer and journalist.  She writes for numerous local and international publications including the Jakarta Post, South China Morning Post, Die Welt, Kulturaustausch and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She has also written on culture and politics for the Guardian. (For some of Pamuntjak’s op-ed articles in the Guardian: see

Pamuntjak’s latest novel, Fall Baby, was published in the original English language by Penguin Random House SEA, in October 2019. It is the sequel of Amba/The Question of Red, and tells the story of two women: Srikandi, the cosmopolitan visual artist daughter of Amba and Bhisma, the protagonists of Amba/The Question of Red, and Dara, a political activist. It is set against the backdrop of the struggle between the fluidity and displacement of the international contemporary art scene and forces of censorship and intolerance in Indonesia. The German version, Herbstkind, was published by Ullstein Verlag in September 2018. The Indonesian version, Kekasih Musim Gugur, is published in June 2020 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Fall Baby, has been named “best literary work” at the 2020 Singapore Book Awards (SBA).   Organized by the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA),  SBA is an industry award for books published in the country.

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