A trag­i­cally top­i­cal refugee saga

Toronto Life - - Cutlure -

Be­fore dis­placed Syr­i­ans be­gan seek­ing refuge in Canada, res­i­dents of another con­flict-rid­dled na­tion came to our shores. Sharon Bala’s de­but novel tells the story of Mahin­dan and his young son, two refugees flee­ing Sri Lanka’s civil war aboard a ship des­tined for Van­cou­ver. When au­thor­i­ties dis­cover some of the “boat peo­ple” are mem­bers of a mil­i­tant fac­tion, Mahin­dan is thrown into a de­ten­tion cen­tre and must fight for his son’s fu­ture. McClel­land and Ste­wart and Dou­ble­day scooped up Bala’s timely man­u­script, a sharp ex­am­i­na­tion of the global refugee cri­sis from both hu­man and bu­reau­cratic per­spec­tives.

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