The Sweet and Simple Kind
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As Ceylon evolves into independent, turbulent Sir Lanka and a highly political family attempts to balance language with religion and privilege with equity, two young women pursue their personal freedoms In an engrossing and dramatic family drama set against the backdrop of Ceylon's bumpy evolution into Sri Lanka, the Wijesinha clan struggle to balance their staunch political ambition against the ignominy of an embarrassing family scandal. And when two young cousins Tsunami and Latha become firm friends no one can guess how their loyal support of one another will help them win personal freedom against all odds. Beautifully written and resonant in its social insights, this tale creates a richly imagined world of love, political chicanery, and family turmoil in the newly independent Sri Lanka of the 1950s and 1960sa story that's enchanting with its combination of authenticity, humor, and passion.
Yasmine Gooneratne was born in Sri Lanka. She won acclaim as a critic and has published several works of literary criticism, including studies of Jane Austen, Alexander Pope, Leonard Woolf, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and one previous novel.
"There is much to commend. . . . As one of her characters comments, 'Jane Austen's observation of society was part critical, part amused.' That quality is evident here." —Sunday Times"Sensitively observed, at once a bold novel of national consciousness and a tender tale of family and friendship." —Sunday Business Post