2009

Homesick

Roshi Fernando

Homesick is a composite novel: a series of fourteen short stories expertly interwoven to tell the story of a community of Sri Lankan immigrants carving out new lives in a sometimes hostile Britain. The stories are about individuals: alcholic Kumar, dyslexic Preethi, Mr Basit, sisters Lolly and Deirdre, aged Dorothy. Individually they struggle with issues of abuse, love, death, cultural identity and change. In this ambitious novel Fernando ulitmately asks awkward questions about the political and social status of immigrants in the UK.

In 2011 ‘Fluorescent Jacket’, the short story Roshi originally submitted for the Impress Prize, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

The US rights were sold to Knopf in 2010 and the US edition is due to be published in the summer of 2012. The Homesick UK rights were bought by Bloomsbury and the book was re-published in the UK in March 2012.

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