Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307948069, 276pp.
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
A stunning work of fiction about contemporary immigrant life from a dazzling new writer.
It's New Year's Eve 1982. At Victor and Nandini's home, family and friends gather to celebrate. Whiskey and arrack have been poured, poppadoms are freshly fried, and baila music is on the stereo. In the middle of it all is sixteen-year old Preethi, tipsy on youth, friendship, and pilfered wine, desperate to belong. Moving back and forth in time, between London and Sri Lanka, and circling the people in Preethi’s world, Homesick is a poignant narrative that blends love with loss, politics with pop culture, and tradition with rebellion.
“Captures a fascinating world unseen by most of us. . . . Characters come alive and their passions and troubles are rendered beautifully.”
—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
“A debut that can confidently sit alongside the likes of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Andrea Levy’s Small Island.”
—The Sunday Times (London)
“Beautifully written. . . . Tender, uplifting and funny, too.”
—The Observer (London)
“Wonderfully evocative. . . . Impressive.”
—The Daily Beast
“Roshi Fernando is a powerful new voice. . . . [Homesick] offers complex, mosaic characters and compelling storylines. . . . Fernando's insight, wit, sensitivity and versatility mark her as a striking new talent.”
—The Independent (London)