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In her debut novel, author Sharon Bala traces the story of a refugee named Mahindan who flees Sri Lanka with his son on a cargo ship bound for Canada. When he arrives,...
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In her debut novel, author Sharon Bala traces the story of a refugee named Mahindan who flees Sri Lanka with his son on a cargo ship bound for Canada. When he arrives, he is confronted with suspicion of having ties to a militant Sri Lankan separatist group, and the fear of deportation, threatening his hopes of finding peace and escaping the Sri Lankan civil war. Inspired by the MV Sun Sea and the Ocean Lady, which saw the real arrival of Sri Lankan refugees on Canada’s shores in 2010 and 2009, The Boat People provides a unique and vivid account of the refugee experience through the eyes of Mahindan, while alternating perspectives with the lawyer hired in his defence and the adjudicator who ultimately decides his fate.