Homesick (Hardback)
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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 01/03/2012
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It is New Year's Eve, 1982, and the whole gang is at Victor and Nandini's house. The Godfather is on repeat upstairs. Baila music is blaring from the record player in the lounge. Poppadoms are frying in the kitchen. And Preethi, tipsy on youth and friendship and covert cigarettes out the window, just wants to belong. But what does that mean, to belong? Is it: paying over the odds for a bottle of whisky? Getting lost with your impassive grandmother on the way home from school? Mourning for Elvis? Adopting a child whose skin is darker than yours? Marrying an English boy? Learning how to speak in a voice that doesn't remind you of your father? Feeling awkward at an office barn dance? Losing your lover, twice? Vowing to destroy the world and then changing your mind? Is it something else, just out of reach? From that New Year's party to a family funeral, via ghetto blasters and growing pains, through 7/7 and the world according to Charlie Chaplin, life in all of its complexity happens to Preethi, Nil, Lolly, Rohan, and their tightly knotted Sri Lankan families in south London. Tracing the fine lines of politics, tradition and community, Roshi Fernando's stunning collection of linked stories pulls us back, back, to the knowledge of home.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408826409
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 441 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A debut that can sit alongside Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Andrea Levy's Small Island ... Powerful and revelatory * Sunday Times *
A rambunctious portrait of an extended Sri Lankan family in south London, it's as addictive as any full-length book by Vikram Seth or Michael Ondaatje * Irish Times *
Roshi Fernando, winner of the 2009 Impress Prize, doesn't shirk from the harsh realities of the outcast ... this collection of stories is tender, uplifting and funny * Observer *
Outstanding * Sunday Times 'Must Reads' *
Roshi Fernando's urgent stories offer a tantalising glimpse of the unexpected connections people make, living in today's Britain * Romesh Gunesekera *
Roshi Fernando is a virtuoso writer, whose work is distinguished by unique flair, a powerful style and disciplined artistic intelligence * Stevie Davies *

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