by Shyam Selvadurai - £8.99 Vintage (1995)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099459217 | ISBN 10: 0099459213
'At first an innocently observed portrait of Tamil family life seventies Sri Lanka, it metamorphoses into a lucid, serious piece of writing. At seven, Arjie prefers dressing up with the girls and reading 'Little Women' to perfecting his off-spin. Fretting that he may turn out "funny", his parents attempt to force the male world upon him. The trouble is that women, recognising him for the sensitive chap that he is, befriend and confide in Arjie. Tagging along first with his romantic aunt, and then his gutsy impulsive mother, he witnesses a series of emotional and political dramas that shape his response to his own dawning homosexuality and the growing racial tension around him. Selvadurai's world is delightful, frightening, important and he describes it with touching clarity... His novel is a graceful and intelligent account of the random nature of growing up.' (Observer).
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