What Lies Between Us: A Novel

By Nayomi Munaweera

In the idyllic hill state of Sri Lanka, a tender lady grows up together with her loving relatives; yet even in the middle of this paradise, terror lurks within the shadows. while tragedy moves, she and her mom needs to search safeguard through immigrating to the USA. There the woman reinvents herself as an American youngster to outlive, with assistance from her cousin; yet whilst she assimilates and flourishes, the secrets and techniques and scars of her earlier stick to her into maturity. during this new kingdom of freedom, every little thing she has equipped starts off to fall apart round her, and her carry on fact turns into progressively more tenuous. whilst the earlier and the current collide, she sees just one negative choice.

From Nayomi Munaweera, the award-winning writer of Island of one thousand Mirrors, comes the confession of a lady, pushed by means of the demons of her previous to dedicate a unmarried and probably unforgivable crime.

Praise for Island of one thousand Mirrors:

"The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as excellent because the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera conjures up the facility of either in a lyrical debut novel helpful of shelving along her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow author of the multigenerational immigrant event Jhumpa Lahiri." - Publishers Weekly

"The beating middle of Island of 1000 Mirrors isn't loads its human characters yet Sri Lanka itself and the shiny, sometimes incandescent, language used to explain this teardrop within the Indian Ocean." - The big apple instances booklet Review

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To be enjoyed unconditionally, to increase the best way we're jointly, Daniel and me, to this different unknown individual, who's additionally either one of us. may possibly we be like that? satisfied? All 3 folks in love with one another? it kind of feels the very last thing lacking within the existence i've got outfitted. *   *   * He comes domestic one evening, sits at the fringe of the mattress along with his face in his palms. He seems to be ragged, like he too has been crying. i believe a hurry of affection for him after which he says, “I’m sorry, I simply can’t do it. I’ve notion and concept and considered it, yet I simply can’t. I’m sorry, yet I’m no longer reduce out for being a guardian. I can’t do it. i feel you’d be a superb mom. yet I can’t do it. ” “What are you asserting? ” “I simply suggest probably it’s very important that you should be a mom. perhaps extra very important than being with me. ” “What? ” “I’m simply asserting that if you would like the baby … you recognize. greater than you will have me, I comprehend. i admire you and that i wish you to feel free. ” I comprehend then that not anything is extra very important than him. i'll quit this child for him. it's not that i am powerful adequate to hold it with no him. *   *   * I make the appointment. It’s on a weekday, so he won’t be with me. The health care professional says it’s no longer a tremendous deal. I’ll be sedated and in a while he’ll decide me up. I’ll sleep much, she says, after which I’ll heal. It’ll be love it by no means occurred. we will be able to cross on with our lives and ignore it. I’m so comfortable I reside in a time and position the place this can be effortless, the place I don’t need to hazard my existence to do that. yet I additionally comprehend i'll be haunted via at the present time. Haunted via this scraping out of the cloth which could were our baby. at once only a curl of lifestyles, but additionally inside it the potential of an entire human life with its complete weight of expertise, reminiscence, connection. I’m sitting within the ready room, attempting to get myself prepared for what occurs subsequent. I stare at undefined, yet I can’t make out the positive aspects of the chuffed girls in bikinis on sun-bleached seashores. as an alternative I see a jumble of limbs, flashes of what is going to occur within me in a couple of minutes. My center is thudding, the pages of the journal fluttering with my arms. The breath is caught in my rib cage like a trapped fowl. Daniel walks in. He sits down subsequent to me. he is taking my hand and that i grasp his hands as though i'm drowning. I stare at him. “What are you doing right here? ” He says, “Do you think that we will do that? ” I say, “Yes, if we do it jointly. in the event you stick with me. ” The nurse involves the door, calls my identify. I stand, yet he pulls me again into the seat. He says, “No, it’s ok. We’ve replaced our minds. ” She seems to be at me to be certain. I nod at her. He kisses my cheek in his distinct spot and whispers, “We’re going to have a toddler. ” We stroll out jointly. I go away that room as though i'm strolling out of a foul dream. I’m too chuffed to assert whatever. *   *   * After that, he’s style; he’s solicitous. He chefs the meals of his adolescence for me, bland white-colored meals that ease my emerging nausea. He brings me large-faced flora, filling the house with gardenias, camellias, large waxy magnolias that glow like complete moons.

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