The Boat People

ISBN9780385544023
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedMarch 27, 2018
Pages352
AuthorSharon Bala
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height9.1 in.
Width6.1 in.
Depth1.1 in.

The Boat People

Sharon Bala

PAPERBACK

March 27, 2018

Globe and Mail bestseller, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism 

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.


Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan's fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

Buy The Boat People by Sharon Bala at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

The Boat People

Sharon Bala

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ISBN9780385544023
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedMarch 27, 2018
Pages352
AuthorSharon Bala
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height9.1 in.
Width6.1 in.
Depth1.1 in.

Synopsis

Globe and Mail bestseller, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism 

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.


Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan's fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.

Buy The Boat People by Sharon Bala at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"Timely and engrossing...This is a powerful debut."

– Publishers Weekly

"Rooted in actual events, Bala uses the tools of fiction to excavate the human truths hidden under the headlines...The Boat People is a book perfect for our times, essential reading to bring context to questions which we are, perhaps, more inclined to ignore."

– Toronto Star

“This earnest debut novel forcefully explores the issues surrounding immigration…deeply moving and nuanced, The Boat People asks what price a country is willing to pay when public safety comes at the cost of human lives.”

– Booklist