When young medusa Ria inadvertently turns an entire village to stone, she and her older sister flee to Nelroote, an underground settlement populated by other non-humans also marginalised by society. There she becomes their gatekeeper, hoping to seek redemption and loveƒuntil her friendship with a man from above threatens to dismantle the city she swore to protect.
Winner of Singapore Book Awards 2018, Best Fiction Title & Best Book Cover Design
Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2018, Fiction
Winner of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016
Nuraliah Norasid holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University. She works as a research associate at the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA), where she studies marginalities and the confluence of religious ideas and secular society. Her writing has been published in QLRS, Karyawan Magazine, AMPlified and Perempuan: Muslim Women Speak Out. The Gatekeeper is her first novel.
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