Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2013: On Sal Mal Lane

After a long break, we'll be traveling to Sri Lanka, discussing the book "On Sal Mal Lane" by Ru Freeman in October 2013.

Here's a Book Summary:
In the tradition of In the Time of the Butterflies and The Kite Runner, a tender, evocative novel about the years leading up to the Sri Lankan civil war

On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes, and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all.

In a heartrending novel poised between the past and the future, the innocence of the children—a beloved sister and her overprotective siblings, a rejected son and his twin sisters, two very different brothers—contrasts sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care. In Ru Freeman’s masterful hands, On Sal Mal Lane, a story of what was lost to a country and her people, becomes a resounding cry for reconciliation.

We'll be meeting in the DogPatch neighbourhood at Cup of Blues - 900 22nd street (between Indiana & Minnessota St) on Sunday October 13 at 2pm.

Next Reading:

November - When I lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant