The Hungry Ghosts
Moving between Toronto and war-torn Sri Lanka of the 1980s and ’90s, The Hungry Ghosts tells an intense and absorbing story of one man’s restless search for redemption. Shivan Rassiah, gay and in his early thirties, prepares to return from Canada to his dying grandmother in Sri Lanka. Much is riding on this trip for Shivan, who hopes it will bring i am the renewal he so desperately needs. Yet he is haunted by the memories of his complicated relationship with his grandmother through his early years, the tragic outcome of a visit he paid her some years after migrating to Canada, and the Buddhist tales she told him with their themes of destiny and karma, which insist there is no escape from acts committed. Engulfed by his memories and mistakes, Shivan begins to doubt that the redemption he seeks might indeed be possible. A lush, complex novel of migration, sexuality,family and exile, The Hungry Ghosts brings vividlyto life the smell, colours, landscape, mannersand customs of the author’s native Sri Lankaand his adopted homeland Canada.