About The Book
Laura, a successful fashion journalist based in London, finds herself uprooted from the world she knows and loves after she moves with her husband and two small children to a dilapidated bungalow in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Behind the house is an overgrown garden inhabited by monkeys, snakes and monitor lizards. A swimming pool sits in the shade of a beautiful jacaranda tree.
Mariel, the Filipina maid Laura hires, hasn’t seen her own children for nearly ten years. She’s on a mission to escape her abusive past and finally marry the man she loves despite an ongoing battle against prejudice.
Laura’s journey is one of self-discovery, Mariel’s is a fight for a better life.
About the Author
Alexandra Carey was inspired to write her debut novel, The Light That Bends Round Corners (published November 2023), after living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for seven years. Set in 2006, the story follows two very different women whose lives overlap and become intrinsically linked as they both face their own troubles: Laura is a wife and mother, who finds herself having to give up her job in London as a fashion journalist and move to a beautiful but dilapidated bungalow in Kuala Lumpur. Mariel, the Filipina maid she hires, has spent her whole life dealing with injustice and abuse. Laura’s story is a journey of self-discovery. Mariel’s is a love story – a fight for a better life and to be with the man she loves. The novel sensitively touches on themes such as abuse, love, mental health and migration.
Alexandra lived in Malaysia with her family from 2006 to 2013. Whilst there she worked as a volunteer for the UNHCR and wrote two children’s books, Ted Ted and the Dhobi Ghats and Ted Ted, Trouble in Tokyo. Since returning to England, she has lived by the River Deben in Suffolk and has studied creative writing.