Amanthi Harris: Beautiful Place

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Amanthi Harris: Beautiful Place

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Join Amanthi Harris in celebrating publication of her new novel Beautiful Place.

Beautiful Place is a novel about leaving and losing home and making family. It is about being oppressed and angry and wanting a better life - but how is a better life to be defined?

The Villa Hibiscus is a house by the sea on the exquisite southern coast of Sri Lanka, home to Padma, a young Sri Lankan woman. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect to whom Padma was taken when young by her scheming father.

Gerhardt adopts Padma and pays Sunny to stay away until she's grown up - when Gerhardt expects to have sent Padma to university, far away. But Padma fails her exams and is lonely in the city, gladly returning to her beloved old home by the sea. With Gerhardt's help she creates a guesthouse at the villa and soon guests start to arrive, opening new vistas for Padma through their friendship and love.

Then Sunny appears, ready to reclaim his daughter . . .

Drop in to meet the author, enjoy a reading, and discuss the evolution of her book. Light refreshments will be served.

2 to 4pm on Sunday 20 October at Much Ado Books

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