NAYOMI MUNAWEERA has lived in Sri Lanka (where she was born), Nigeria, (until she was 11) Los Angeles, and now Oakland. The product of an arranged marriage, like many characters in her novel, she has a deep first-hand knowledge of Sri Lanka from both sides of the cultural conflict. ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize.
"A searing tale of the Sri Lankan civil war...Nayomi Munaweera breathes life into the beauty and terror of that era through her delicate, bittersweet prose. An unforgettable novel."—Yangsze Choo, author of The Ghost Bride, international bestseller in SE Asia and Oprah.com's Book of the Week
“A novel of the heart...The colour, tastes, sounds and smells of Sri Lanka ooze from its pages, vibrant and intoxicating, but as beauty turns to brutality our sympathies are tossed between two young women whose different paths are fashioned by the violence of civil war, but whose inner humanity is never forgotten.” —Sarah Dunant, author of Blood and Beauty and Birth of Venus
“Exquisitely written and beautifully evocative of an exotic place and bygone age.” —Alan Brennert, author of Moloka'i
“Munaweera writes with ferocity, fire and poetry of the incomprehensible madness of civil war and its effects upon those caught within it... A masterful, incendiary debut."—Janet Fitch, #1 international bestselling author of White Oleander