At the age of nine, Siddhartha loses his family to a tsunami and is taken in by a boys’ home, run entirely by “Mothers” who are physically and emotionally abusive. Siddhartha alternates between describing the traumatic conditions of his confinement as a child and his seemingly carefree life in America. Only when his daughter, engaged to an Indian man, asks Siddhartha to return to his homeland is he driven to confront his childhood. Siddhartha knows that he must visit the orphanage one last time. He must return to the place of his youth’s destruction to let go of his past or be lost in self-torture forever.
Cutting in its clarity and profoundly insightful, After the Tsunami constructs an astute landscape of friendship despite depravity, compassion amidst horror, resiliency above misfortune. This is a powerful first novel of survival and redemption. After the Tsunami will haunt and move readers everywhere.
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Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press