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Beautiful Place

Amanthi Harris

(author)

Paperback
Centred upon the Villa Hibiscus, a guesthouse on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka, this expansive and multi-layered debut traces the life of Padma, her stepfather, Gerhardt, and the lives of the many guests coming to stay, each seeking a better life and independence, free of oppression.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

Beautiful Place is a novel about leaving and losing home and making family. It is about being oppressed and angry and wanting a better life - but how is a better life to be defined?

The Villa Hibiscus is a house by the sea on the exquisite southern coast of Sri Lanka, home to Padma, a young Sri Lankan woman. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect to whom Padma was taken when young by her scheming father, Sunny, who had hoped to seduce the wealthy new foreigner in the area with his attractive child. Gerhardt adopts Padma and pays Sunny to stay away until she's grown up - when Gerhardt expects to have sent Padma to university, far away.

But Padma fails her exams and is lonely in the city, gladly returning to her beloved old home by the sea. With Gerhardt's help she creates a guesthouse at the villa and soon guests start to arrive, opening new vistas for Padma through their friendship and love.

Then Sunny appears, ready to reclaim his daughter...

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Book publisherSalt Publishing
Publication date15 Sep 2019
FormatPaperback
Pages560
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