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Suncatcher

Written by: Romesh Gunesekera
Narrated by: Romesh Gunesekera
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera, read by Romesh Gunesekera.  

Shortlisted for the 2020 Jhalak Prize 

1964. Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo’s hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite father grumbles over the state of the nation between his secret flutters on horseraces in faraway England. All Kairo wants to do is hide in his room and flick over second-hand Westerns and superhero comics, or escape on his bicycle and daydream.    

Then he meets the magnetic teenage Jay, and his whole world is turned inside out.    

A budding naturalist and a born rebel, Jay keeps fish and traps birds for an aviary he is building in the garden of his grand home. The adults in Jay's life have no say in what he does or where he goes: he holds his beautiful, fragile mother in contempt, and his wealthy father seems fuelled by anger. But his Uncle Elvin, suave and worldly, is his encourager. As Jay guides him from the realm of make believe into one of hunting guns and fast cars and introduces him to a girl - Niromi - Kairo begins to understand the price of privilege and embarks on a journey of devastating consequence.    

Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerisingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love - or consolation - bringing these extraordinary lives into our own.

©2020 Romesh Gunesekera (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Suncatcher is a dreamy, mesmerising story on the displeasures of growing up, as Jay and Kairo both long to reach a state of being that captures both the uncorrupted nature of childhood and the cool maturity of adulthood. It may be rare to find that mix in real life, but it is in full abundance in Gunesekera’s novel." (Rebecca Liu, Prospect)

"Wonderful.... A poignant coming-of-age novel." (Mail on Sunday)

"Intoxicating.... A lyrical and soulful voice." (Barney Norris, Guardian

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