Nayomi Munaweera, who is Sinhalese, left with her family in the 1970s and went to Nigeria. They arrived in the United States in 1984. Her novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, tells the story of the conflict from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror - one Tamil, one Sinhalese.
Nayomi Munaweera recommends
Loyal Stalkers (2017)
"One of the island's greatest chroniclers...These are stories both sordid and sweet that gathered together pack a hefty punch."
Marriage of a Thousand Lies (2017)
"SJ Sindu has written an important novel about Sri Lankan immigrant culture. Here, the intersections of migration, sexuality and culture are explored in loving and heartbreaking detail. A book that reveals the secrets of a community caught between East and West."
The Atlas of Reds and Blues (2019)
Devi S Laskar
"Devi S. Laskar has written a beautiful, harrowing fever dream of a novel. This is a book that insists in no uncertain terms and despite horrific institutional and everyday racism that South Asian Americans are indeed American. This is a book I have been waiting a very long time for. A monumental achievement."
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