In 2013, The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai was shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Governor-Genera's award for literature and met with critical acclaim for major publications within Canada.
In The Hungry Ghosts, Shyam Selvadurai weaves a delicate and yet powerful story of the life of Shivan, a young boy who grows up in Sri Lanka with his mother and sister, in the home of his maternal grandmother - a driven and mostly oppressive matriarchal figure who buy, sells and rents out properties in Sri Lanka. As a teenager, Shivan and his mother and sister move to Canada in hopes of a better life and to escape the over-bearing shadow of his grandmother.
Although Shivan grows into adulthood in Canada, the influence of his grandmother and the tense political situation in Sri Lanka is a constant shadow from which Shivan can never fully escape. His return to Sri Lanka as a young gay man sets wheels in motion through which he is forced to face the impact of his own sexuality, the grasp of his grandmother, the own conflict of his family and the ever-present political situation in Sri Lanka.
The Hungry Ghosts is quite simply a marvel. The characters are all exceptionally well rounded and they are all compelling in their own strengths - and also in their flaws. The writing style is rich, lyrical and compelling without being overly descriptive.
There is good reason why The Hungry Ghosts was nominated for the GG award and received many accolades, it's the type of story that tells an honest truth and one in which the reader experiences the joys, pains and passions of each of the characters.
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