AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | What Lies Between Us: Nayomi Munaweera in Conversation with Keenan Norris
Join us for a discussion of diaspora, identity and the meaning of home with award-winning author Nayomi Munaweera, in conversation with Keenan Norris
In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl reinvents herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin; but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees only one terrible choice.
From Nayomi Munaweera, the award-winning author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, comes the confession of a woman, driven by the demons of her past to commit a single and possibly unforgivable crime.
Keenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer won the James Houston Award. He’s a guest editor for the Oxford African American Studies Center and teaches at Evergreen Valley College. Keenan’s also the editor of Street Lit and new work in Oakland Noir.
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