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Suncatcher

(2019)
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Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo's hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite father grumbles over the state of the nation between his secret flutters on horseraces in faraway England. All Kairo wants to do is hide in his room and flick over second-hand westerns and superhero comics, or escape on his bicycle and daydream.

Then he meets the magnetic teenage Jay, and his whole world is turned inside out.

A budding naturalist and a born rebel, Jay keeps fish and traps birds for an aviary he is building in the garden of his grand home. The adults in Jay's life have no say in what he does or where he goes: he holds his beautiful, fragile mother in contempt, and his wealthy father seems fuelled by anger. But his Uncle Elvin, suave and worldly, is his encourager. As Jay guides him from the realm of make believe into one of hunting-guns and fast cars and introduces him to a girl - Niromi - Kairo begins to understand the price of privilege and embarks on a journey of devastating consequence.

Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerizingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love - or consolation - bringing these extraordinary lives into our own.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Suncatcher: A Novel
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-62097-559-9 / 978-1-62097-559-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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November 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Suncatcher: Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-5266-1041-8 / 978-1-5266-1041-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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August 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Suncatcher: Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-5266-1038-8 / 978-1-5266-1038-6 (UK edition)
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November 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Suncatcher: Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-5266-1037-X / 978-1-5266-1037-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

August 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-66201-473-2 / 978-1-66201-473-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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August 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
ISBN: 1-66201-469-4 / 978-1-66201-469-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
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August 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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August 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Suncatcher
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Suncatcher: A Novel
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: The New Press
Availability: Amazon   


November 2019 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Suncatcher: Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020
Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU