A Yellow House

My debut novel 'A Yellow House' is now available in bookstores worldwide. It was published by Monsoon Books  in summer 2018.

Ten-year-old Singaporean Maya is lonely; her grandmother is dead, her mother is focused on her career and her best friend has become a bully. When Aunty M, a domestic worker from Indonesia, joins the family to take care of Maya and her baby sister, Maya is ready to hate her. 

Aunty M smiles a lot, but says little. However, after Aunty M and Maya rescue a fellow maid living in the same building and beaten by her employer, Maya discovers a side of Singapore hitherto unknown to her. She and Aunty M grow closer as they meet more and more women in need. 

What will happen when Mama finds out about Maya and Aunty M’s growing involvement with the aunties? Will Maya lose Aunty M too? After all, Mama did say she hates busybodies….

This poignant coming-of-age story, told in the voice of inquisitive Maya, explores the plight of migrant domestic workers in Singapore and the relationships they form with the families they work for. 

Where to buy:

In Singapore in bookstores nationwide, like (Kinokuniya) (Times), BooksActually and Popular. 

In Europe the book can be ordered in bookstores as well as online. (Bol)

Both paperback and ebook are available with all major retailers online like (Amazon) (Waterstones) and many more 


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, and to meeting you Karien!

    1. I would look forward to meeting you too, but I have no idea who you are ;) Maybe we met by now?