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The Boat People

ISBN 
9780385544023
Format 
Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
R250.00
Published 
April 2018
About the book: 
When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks - and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada’s national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for asylum.
 
Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People  is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.
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