Grace de Silva, a mother of five, struggles to hold her family and her crumbling marriage together as civil unrest stirs in Sri Lanka. Her husband is charming but shiftless, and her children are poised to pursue their dreams for the future. Jacob, her eldest, wants to leave home for England, while Frieda longs to remain in her homeland. Thornton, Grace’s favourite son, dreams of becoming a poet; his sister Alicia wants to be a concert pianist. But when Grace’s youngest son, Christopher, becomes embroiled in the political tensions tearing apart the country, this once happy family is suddenly fractured. As four of the siblings make their way to London, they become caught in a cultural clash between East and West, and life as they’ve known it changes forever.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dalzan - LibraryThing
When Grace de Silva's once prominent family loses their vast tea estate she has little idea how everyone's life in her lush Eden-like homeland of Sri Lanka is about to change. Her children dream of ... Read full review
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At first I found this book hard to get into, but by the time I got to around about page 150, I was hooked! A very interesting look at how others percieve and adapt to western culture. Read full review