A Maiden’s Prayer: A Family Story Set in 1970s Sri Lanka by Srianthi Perera. (Evocative Journeys, 2020). This spellbinding novel narrated by a witty and keenly observant aspiring writer, teenager Tamara de Silva, unravels family and community secrets while detailing the role of astrology, match matchers, and scheming Aunties’ efforts to marry off her eligible bachelor uncle, all amid the cultural and political atmosphere of the times.
Award Status: Highly Commended
Author: Srianthi Perera
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