In Romesh Gunesekera's fine second novel, the tragedy of strife-torn Sri Lanka is encapsulated in the fates of two warring families. The Sandglass begins in 1993 as the narrator, Chip, sits in a hotel room in Colombo, worrying about Prins Ducal, a friend who has gone into hiding. "In every place I have been ... I seem to end up in a low-lit hotel room going over the story of Prins and Pearl--the whole Ducal family and the scheming Vatunases, who seem forever coiled around them--trying to untangle the truth from the worlds I found hidden in Pearl's battered biscuit tin, the weatherproof journal of jottings Prins sent me, and the orphaned fragments of my absent past." Having set up the mystery, Gunesekera proceeds to unravel it slowly, hopping back a few months to the death of the Ducal matriarch in her London apartment, then further still, to 1975, the year Chip first meets her. He has come to London from Sri Lanka to make his fortune and is staying with Pearl in Prins's old room. It isn't long before the widowed Pearl begins to tell her family story. "The trouble started when he got that tomfool idea into his head about owning a house," Pearl announces. "He" is her husband, Jason, dead for 40 years, possibly murdered. The house he bought in Colombo happened to be next door to the wealthy Vatunas family, and from the day the Ducals moved in, they were never to have a moment of good luck. Moving back and forth in time, Gunesekera slowly unfolds his tale of secrecy, betrayal, and loss as Prins and Chip work together to discover exactly how Jason Ducal died--and why.

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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-56584-484-X / 978-1-56584-484-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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February 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sand Glass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera, Gunesekera Romesh
ISBN: 0-670-88173-2 / 978-0-670-88173-4 (USA edition)
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February 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-86207-084-9 / 978-1-86207-084-4 (UK edition)
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2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sandglass, The [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2014] Romesh Gunesekera
Author(s): Gunesekera; Romesh
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sandglass
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ISBN: 1-84708-419-2 / 978-1-84708-419-4 (UK edition)
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November 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-57322-758-7 / 978-1-57322-758-2 (USA edition)
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January 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-86207-238-8 / 978-1-86207-238-1 (UK edition)
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December 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 0-14-028522-9 / 978-0-14-028522-2 (UK edition)
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September 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Sandglass
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 0-385-25812-7 / 978-0-385-25812-8 (USA edition)
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September 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Sandglass
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September 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Sandglass
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