The October release of Sunisa Manning’s historical fiction novel, “A Good True Thai,” has turned out to be exceptionally timely, as Thailand is in the midst of months-long demonstrations for democratic change.

“A Good True Thai” takes place between 1973 and 1976, amid a pro-democracy movement that seems to mirror the current protests. Much like today, the idealistic students in Manning’s novel speak out against a military dictatorship and dream of social and economic equality. But the real-life movement’s demands go even further, calling for a new constitution and limited powers for the king.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.