What Lies Between Us

What Lies Between Us

A Novel

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Ganga, a young girl, grows up carefree in the midst of her loving family in an old and beautiful house nestled in the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka. Her childhood is like any other--until it isn't. A cherished friendship is revealed to have monstrous undertones and the consequences of trauma spell both the end of her childhood and that of her stable home. Ostracized by their community in the wake of one terrible night, Ganga and her mother seek safety by immigrating to America.

In America Ganga must negotiate the challenges and thrills of an American teenage girlhood. She navigates immigrancy and thrives. She fulfills the American dream by graduating from college, moving to San Francisco and working as a nurse, yet beneath the surface the scars of her past continue to haunt her. When she meets Daniel, a handsome, charismatic man and falls deeply in love, it appears that she has found her happily ever after. Instead, the secrets continue to corrode and an accidentalpregnancy causes the marriage to further unravel. She cannot resist an encroaching darkness, and she finally commits one terrible act.

From award-winning author Nayomi Munaweera comes What Lies Between Us , the confession of a woman, driven by the demons of her past to commit a single and possibly unforgivable crime.

Praise for Island of a Thousand Mirrors:

"The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow writer of the multigenerational immigrant experience Jhumpa Lahiri." - Publishers Weekly

"The beating heart of Island of a Thousand Mirrors is not so much its human characters but Sri Lanka itself and the vivid, occasionally incandescent, language used to describe this teardrop in the Indian Ocean." - The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250043948
Branch Call Number: FIC Munaw
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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