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Book Launch: Loss Adjustment by Linda Collins


“I have had nothing bad happen to me except my own doing. I have let this cowardice envelop me, and I can’t shake it off. I will commit the worst thing you can ever do to someone who loves you: killing yourself. The scary thing is, I’m okay with that.” —Victoria McLeod, Singapore, March 30, 2014

Loss Adjustment is a mother’s recount of her 17-year-old daughter’s suicide.

In the wake of Victoria McLeod’s passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor's state of mind after devastating loss.

Loss Adjustment involves the endless whys, the journey of Linda Collins and her husband in honouring Victoria, and the impossible question of what drove their daughter to this irretrievable act. A stunningly intimate portrait of loss and grief, Loss Adjustment is a breaking of silence—a book whose face society cannot turn away from.

There will be a reading followed by a conversation with the author.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential. There will be mixed seating: rugs, cushions, and chairs. To request a sign language interpreter or if you have other access needs, please contact us. We would love to have you with us!

Admission: One-drink minimum from The Moon. We highly recommend getting the Moon Milk--it tastes like [REDACTED]’s hotcakes in a drink. Thank you for supporting indie lit & indie bookstores!

To request a sign language interpreter, please let us know by 10 September. Please note that launch will be on the second floor of The Moon, accessible via a flight of stairs. If you have any access needs, please contact us.

-----------------------PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN------------------------

From 1 August - 27 September, $1 from every book pre-ordered through Ethos Books will be donated to the Samaritans of Singapore.

If you pre-order the book before 16 September:
- You will receive a personal, handwritten letter from Linda.
- You will receive the book early! All pre-orders will be delivered before the official launch on 28th September.
-The first 100 pre-orders will also receive an autographed copy of the book.

Pre-order the book at

-----------------------BOOKSTORE PARTNERS------------------------

✨ BooksActually, Booktique Where Writers Shop, 城市書房 City Book Room, Littered with Books, Times bookstores & Wardah Books ✨

These wonderful bookstores have rallied behind Loss Adjustment – When you pre-order at any of their bookstores, they will also be donating $1 from every pre-order copy to Samaritans of Singapore, in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Singapore.

They'll be taking pre-orders from 16 August to 16 September.

----------------------------ABOUT THE AUTHOR-------------------------

Linda Collins is a copyeditor on the political desk of The Straits Times. She may be familiar to readers, having used to write a monthly contribution to The Expat Files in the Sunday Times from 2009–2012. She has an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University, New Zealand and her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in Turbine, Swamp Living, The Fib Review, The Cordite Poetry Review and The Freerange Journal. She was shortlisted for the Hachette Australia Trans-Tasman mentorship, longlisted for a NZ flash fiction award and received an Honourable Mention in a Glimmer Train contest.

Loss Adjustment was written three years after her daughter had died, and is a work of creative non-fiction.

--------------------------IT'S OK TO NEED HELP-----------------------

If you are concerned about your mental health or that of someone you know, reach out to Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444.

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