The Hungry Ghosts
By: Shyam Selvadurai
In Buddhist myth, those that have desired too much in life may be reborn as hungry ghosts - spirits with a stomach so large they can never be full. Six year-old Shivan is boarded up in his grandmother's mansion in Sri Lanka. While civil unrest brews outside, Shivan is fighting small battles of his own: the matriarch of his mysterious family wants to groom him as the heir to her vast and corrupt empire. Shivan stands helpless as she sidelines his mother and sister and evicts vulnerable families from their homes. Unwilling to carry the burden of her expectations, Shivan dreams of escape to the West. Yet ghosts will follow you across continents. As the years pass, and Shivan's sexuality gradually comes to light, events spiral out of control and threaten to separate him from his family once and for all. A haunting and captivating story of longing, family ties and forgiveness, author's magical prose immerses the reader in the vibrant colours and landscapes of his native Sri Lanka.