Touch like a pulse. A young man dies by his own hands, and leaves behind a note urging his mother to remember Godzilla's touch, a reference to her relationship with Natalie Chia in 1970s Singapore. Pulse is the story of Natalie, an acupuncturist in Toronto's Chinatown who decides to return to Singapore to uncover the truths behind this tragedy. Selim and Natalie, although a generation apart, share secrets that they've kept from their families. Natalie discovers that her past with her domineering father may be the key to understanding Selim's death.
A novel about unrequited love and the compelling power of memory, Pulse investigates the disturbing force of personal and collective trauma, while testifying to the resiliency of the human spirit.