What Lies Between Us: A Novel
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... show more
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.From Nayomi Munaweera, the award-winning author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, comes 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
Publish date: 2016-02-16
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
3.5 Stars I enjoyed this atmospheric and emotional novel by Nayomi Munaweera. This is a new author for me and I am glad I picked this one up to read.The novel opens with a prologue in the form of a parable. It is the story of a Himalayan moon bear that is driven to kill her cub in a most gruesome w...
Beautifully written book about a woman who suffers childhood trauma and moves to the US. Unfortunately the ghosts of her past continue to haunt her as she grows up and tries to move on with her life. While I don't remember what it was that drew me to Munaweera's book, I found myself drawn into the m...
#WhatLiesBetweenUs Available 2/16/16 I'm not really sure how to review this book. There were parts that I found good, parts that I found okay, parts that I found disgusting, and parts that I totally skipped over. This book raised so many emotions in me. Some good and some bad. It was interesting to...
This one broke me. I'm still trying to recover. It is beautiful and enveloping. No, not beautiful. It is terrifying. It is what the Romantics meant when they set their sights on the Sublime.So read it, but only if you're feeling strong. There's child abuse, love dashed on the rocks, and madnes...