"Holds all of Topaz's voice whilst also managing to be greatly different from other works by this writer, and makes me nostalgic for Singapore even though I've never lived anywhere with such a monsoon season."
“Fever dreams of Singapore. Utterly gorgeous.”
“Marvelous and soft yet striking in its imagery and its feeling … I was enveloped in all of its tenderness.”
“This was lovely to read, especially on a day when I myself am waiting for the snow to start falling outside my own home. It was a pleasure to read this lyric essay about an experience far from that I know, that is also filled with growing pains, the strong threads of community, and the unpredictability of nature in general.”
“It is hard to find words that can genuinely describe how I am feeling after this. Not exactly like finally coming home after a long journey – it is something else, the way I got a small break through Winters’ words from whatever it was that has been on my mind for way too long … I find it remarkable how much Winters appears to have matured in this chapbook with prose that is utterly powerful in how quietly, calmly it bleeds into my mind, only to paint whole stories of monsoon skies across it.”
“Fair warning: make sure you have your passport ready before reading.”
“This book was just so beautiful.”
"Sweet, short, haunting, and romantic."
“On the verge of change, we occupy alongside Winters that moment when we notice the way our shoes pinch our feet or our clothes beginning to fray. It’s growing time and in those in between moments where everything is changing, we struggle to find our home. It is lyrical, magical, and enchanting to read, using the monsoon season as a metaphor for our quest to find our home.”
“Gorgeous & in yearning.”
“I don't know what I was expecting of Monsoon Dream, but it wasn't this—and I don't think that's a bad thing. This piece holds all of Topaz's voice whilst also managing to be greatly different from other works by this writer, and makes me nostalgic for Singapore even though I've never lived anywhere with such a monsoon season.”