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Nayomi Munaweera

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Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirror was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. It won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and was short-listed for the Northern California Book Award. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Munaweera’s… lyrical debut novel [is] worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow writer of the multigenerational immigrant experience, Jhumpa Lahiri.” The New York Times Book review called the novel, “incandescent.”

Nayomi’s second novel, What Lies Between Us will be released in February 2016 and has been receiving early accolades as one of 2016’s most anticipated books.

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Nayomi Munaweera Neil Gaiman once said, "The best thing about writing is not having to get dressed in the morning." :)

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Neil Gaiman once said, "The best thing about writing is not having to get dressed in the morning." :)

I do agree.

Other parts of it are that there's nothing else in the world that feel as good to me as writing. It can be completely ecstatic. It can also be very painful as when I was researching and writing certain parts of Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Readers sometimes tell me that the book made them cry and I know exactly what parts made me cry because I was sobbing as I wrote them.

Kafka has this line which reads, ‘A book is an axe to shatter the frozen seas within us.’ And I think this is true. Literature has enormous power to explain the inexplicable, to inspire and most importantly to get us in touch with our own feelings and those of others around us. It’s a way to become another person and have an experience that is outside our own lives.

I can’t think of anything that is more important to us as human beings than to really feel what it is to be in another person’s life. If more people delved deeply into literature, or were given the luxurious and privilege of doing so, I do think we would treat each other far better. In fact, there are now many studies that scientifically prove that reading and writing leads to both greater intelligence as well as greater empathy. Literature in my experience is one of the great privileges and pleasures of life and I am honored and thrilled to get to do this as my work.
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Nayomi Munaweera I work on a different part of the book. I tinker with sentences. I go for a walk, I read someone else's work. I think the benefit of having a novel to…moreI work on a different part of the book. I tinker with sentences. I go for a walk, I read someone else's work. I think the benefit of having a novel to work on (versus a shorter piece) is that you can chip away at some other part of the thing if any particular piece has you stumped. (less)
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“They say that family is the place of safety. But sometimes this is the greatest lie; family is not sanctuary, it is not safety and succour. For some of us, it is the secret wound. Sooner or later we pay for the woundings of our ancestors.”
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“In Sri Lanka, when two strangers meet, they ask a series of questions that reveal family, ancestral village, and blood ties until they arrive at a common friend or relative. Then they say, "Those are our people, so you are our people." It's a small place. Everyone knows everyone.

"But in America, there are no such namings; it is possible to slip and slide here. It is possible to get lost in the nameless multitudes. There are no ropes binding one, holding one to the earth. Unbound by place or name, one is aware that it is possible to drift out into the atmosphere and beyond that, into the solitary darkness where there is no oxygen.”
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