Zen Cho’s 2021 Black Water Sister is a standalone modern fantasy.
In a bid to rebuild their lives and escape massive medical debts in the US, Jessamyn Teoh’s parents return to Penang. Jessamyn accompanies them to Malaysia, a nation she has not seen since she was a toddler. This means parting from her girlfriend Sharanya, at least for a time. Not that her parents are aware of the sacrifice. Being gay is just one of a number of subjects Jessamyn hesitates to mention to her conservative parents.
Not can she even hint at her troubled relationship with her estranged grandmother. Her dead grandmother.