Nominated by:

Colombo Public Library, Sri Lanka

Publisher of nominated edition:

Perera Hussein Publishing House, Sri Lanka

Song of the Sun God

Shankari Chandran      

Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the novel Half of a Yellow Sun by the award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In a time of upheaval, can Nala keep her family together?

The capital city – a little boy watches a monk wrap himself in flames… A village in Jaffna – a little girl is bursting with life…

Nala and Ranjan are on the brink of an exciting future. They will meet, marry and fall in love. They will set up house and have children. They will map out their future together, but destiny has other plans for them. Will they survive?

The Song of the Sun God  is a deeply moving saga spanning three continents and three generations. Lush physical details and an emotional recounting of events as they relentlessly unfold, reveal a heart-wrenching story of family, love, laughter, sorrow and new beginnings.

About the author

Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra Australia. She spent a decade in London working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned to Australia where she now lives with her husband, four children and their cavoodle puppy. The Song of the Sun God  is her first novel.

 Librarian’s comments:

This is a novel that relates the quintessential Sri Lankan experience in a culturally sensitive manner. It enjoys a large readership and has received local recognition by being short listed for the prestigious Fairway National Award.

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