“Gunesekera evokes his birthplace, Sri Lanka, as he presents a love story made more brilliant and more sweet by the destruction all around.” Monica Mehta, Entertainment Weekly
978-0-8021-4145-3 • $13.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2004
Following the Booker-nominated Reef and the acclaimed book The Sandglass, Romesh Gunesekera’s third novel, Heaven’s Edge, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “his most accomplished yet . . . Wistful, melancholy and mysterious . . . a complex novel that entwines the individual’s quest for wholeness with a country’s longing for lostand bettertimes.”
In search of a dream, Marc leaves London for the land of his patrimony and family secretsan island once said to be near the edge of heaven but now despoiled by war. After his affair with a subversive “eco-warrior” named Uva is cut short when she disappears, Marc must search for her among the mystical land’s underground dens of iniquity and ghostly colonial mansions. In the midst of gun battles and foot races, can Marc achieve a happiness he would defend with his life?
Heaven’s Edge is “an intriguing hybrid, one part post-colonial adventure story, two parts coming-of-age tale. . . . It feels positively epic given how much riffing Gunesekera does on the island’s landscape, its groves of mango and jacaranda trees, the lushness of its lantana blossoms” (John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle).