In this stunningly assured debut work of fiction, Roshi Fernando weaves together the lives of an extended Sri Lankan family. @16@@16@ At Victor and Nandini@12@s home in southeast London, the New Year@12@s Eve celebration is under way. Everyone is gathered around@95@mdash;clinking glasses of arrack and whisky, eating freshly fried poppadoms, listening to baila music@95@mdash;waiting to ring in 1983. Upstairs, @18@The Godfather@19@ is playing on repeat for a bedroom filled with teenagers drunk on pilfered wine. And in the middle of it all is sixteen-year-old Preethi, tipsy on youth and friendship and covert cigarettes, desperate to belong. @16@@16@ But what does that mean, to belong? As Preethi moves through her life@95@mdash;befriending the local outcast, revealing her brother@12@s deepest secret, struggling with her own unhappiness and through a souring marriage@95@mdash;this desire for acceptance remains the one constant, both for her and for everyone she knows. @18@Homesick @19@moves back and forth in time, between London and Sri Lanka, circling the people in Preethi@12@s world: her brother Rohan; her friends Nil, Clare, Deirdre, and Lolly; her aunty Gertie; and terrible cousin Kumar. Together, they are bound by this shared need to fit in somewhere, this rootless desire for a place to call home.@16@@16@ Gorgeously drawn, told with wit and pathos,@95@#160;this poignant narrative blends love with loss, politics with pop culture, tradition with youthful rebellion. @18@Homesick@19@ is rich with insight and a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary immigrant life that introduces us to the work of Roshi Fernando, a remarkable new talent.@16@@16@@16@This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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