• Sal Mal Lane ? C'est une ruelle à Colombo, Sri-Lanka, dans laquelle vivent des familles cinghalaises et tamoules. L'emménagement de Mr et Mrs Herath et de leurs quatre enfants, très réveillés et bourrés d'imagination, va renforcer les liens entre tous. Nous sommes entre 1979 et 1983. La guerre civile est sur le point de faire exploser le pays. Ce roman raconte essentiellement du point de vue des enfants les cinq années de coexistence paisible, joyeuse, sensuelle, colorée, néanmoins pleine de petites cicatrices et de méchancetés humaines. C'est aussi une histoire sur la capacité qu'ont les hommes à surmonter les tragédies, un roman de résilience qui se lit comme une grande saga familiale et historique.

  • Since her days in the orphanage, Latha has been a companion and servant to Thara, a more fortunate girl her own age. But since her trip to the hill country when she caught her first glimpse of a rose, Latha has known she was destined for a better life. For now, she must watch silently as Thara receives all the luxuries Latha is denied, consoled only by the rose-scented soap stolen from the bathroom of her master's house.Years and miles away, Biso, a desperate young mother, flees from her murderous husband, taking her children with her to the remote hills. As Biso and Latha journey towards their separate fates, struggling to hold on to their independence, each will betray the people they love, changing the course of their lives for ever.A Disobedient Girl is an epic, heartbreaking novel about the linked destinies of two women, set against the backdrop of beautiful, politically turbulent Sri Lanka.

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