Twi­light in Kuta (Mon­soon Books), by David Nes­bit

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Bri­tish-born David Nes­bit has lived in In­done­sia for about 20 years and his de­but novel ex­plores love, loss and in­fi­delity in mod­ern In­done­sia. The novel’s cast in­cludes a Cau­casian English teacher, a frus­trated In­done­sian wife, a mixed-race school­girl, a Ja­vanese ex-sol­dier and a naive vil­lage girl des­per­ate for love. When young west­ern tourist Neil meets In­done­sian girl Yossy on Kuta Beach, he de­cides to set­tle per­ma­nently in In­done­sia, know­ing his life is about to change for­ever. Will it be the par­adise he is yearn­ing for? When cracks start to ap­pear in Neil’s trop­i­cal ex­is­tence, he is forced to re-eval­u­ate all he once thought im­por­tant. While the ques­tion­ing re­veals some of In­done­sia’s many flaws, lovers of Kuta/ Bali/ In­done­sia might ul­ti­mately read Twi­light in Kuta as some­thing of a love let­ter from Nes­bit to his adopted home.

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