What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us

Book - 2016
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In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl reinvents herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin; but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees only one terrible choice. The confession of a woman, driven by the demons of her past to commit a single and possibly unforgivable crime.
Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250043948
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 07, 2017

December book for "Storytime with Squibbles" online book group.

Sep 06, 2017

Like many of you here, I was attracted to the beautiful book covers and was pleasantly surprised with amazing story and profound writing of this author. Very deep and wise beyond author's age and experience. Great talent!

“They say that family is the place of safety. But sometimes this is the greatest lie; family is not sanctuary, it is not safety and succour. For some of us, it is the secret wound. Sooner or later we pay for the woundings of our ancestors.”
― Nayomi Munaweera, What Lies Between Us

Jul 20, 2016

Loved the book. Please see my review:

Mar 28, 2016

Two words: In. Credible.

Edit 2 DAYS later: i'm sorry for the lame review, but this book truly rendered me languageless. It's a should read. A very careful study of one flawed character, a nameless Sri Lankan woman who emigrates to the US in the 1980s. Her life unfolds like a car wreck in slow motion, but Munaweera writes it so beautifully, you can't look away. Adult subject matter is handled carefully, almost tangentially. Some might find that frustrating, but avid and practiced readers will really enjoy the story, the writing, and the unnamed woman at the centre of this beautiful storm.

OH, added note: this author is compared to Ondaatje. If you find Ondaatje dull or intimidating (or whatever), ignore the comparison. I always thought Ondaatje should stick to poetry, and his poems are beautiful. Munaweera is the better prose fiction writer, imho.


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