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Sri Lankan refugee, Sam Selvadurai, fleeing the genocide in his homeland, settles in Milltown, on the northern shore of Lake Ontario; he buys an old hamburger shop and turns it into a gourmet South Asian restaurant, while the town folk eye him with suspicion . The restaurant and most of Milltown are owned by the unscrupulous but charismatic Art Hamilton whose wife committe ...more
Paperback, First, 225 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Blue Denim Press
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Jim Fonseca
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow there is a lot of action and intertwined lives going on in this fast-moving book by Shane Joseph.

The setting is a small town near Toronto where a Sri Lankan immigrant family has left the ethnic violence of their homeland behind in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Canada to start a restaurant. I like that the immigrant family is not portrayed as stereotypical hard-working in-love-with Canada types.


Instead, the teenage daughter, unknown to her parents, is promiscuous – sneaking out for an hour
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Milltown is a story which combines aspects of cultural diversity and a good story to make an engrossing read. There is a subtle undercurrent of racism & prejudice which the book tackles very well.

Sam Selvadurai is a fairly recent immigrant to Canada, escaping violence in his country of birth – Sri Lanka (he is a Tamil while his wife is Sinhalese). He and his family (wife Malani, daughter Sarojini and son Mahesh) settle down in Milltown and open a South Asian restaurant, which they hope will do w
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: General fiction fans, with a warning for bad language and sexual content
Recommended to Werner by: The author
Born of European stock in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, Goodreads author Shane Joseph immigrated, as an adult, to Canada, like a large number of his countrymen (many of them escaping from their country's devastating 26-year-long ethnic civil war with its attendant horrors). He's a masterful writer of serious descriptive fiction --that is, fiction that's well-crafted and appealing to general readers who like good fiction, while incorporating themes that make the reader think about significant philo ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Small-town Canada proves to be just as messed up as anywhere in North America.

This mainstream novel really focuses on the trials and tribulations of being an outsider... in this case, a Sri Lankan family of refugees making a home and a restaurant in Milltown.

Add shootings, corruption, young love, pregnancy, and a wide cast of characters. It's pretty good. It's very mainstream and we get to know everyone very well. Some we learn to love, some we learn to hate, and isn't that always the way it is
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 21st-century, canada
I cannot rid myself of the notion that there is a Tarantino-esque quality to this novel that redefines everything I ever imagined I would be reading when picking up Milltown.

I imagined the setting of every small town Ontario I've ever known; I imagined immigrants struggling with adjustment to a new country; I imagined small town politics and corruption; I imagined something far less seedy, and far less sleazy; and frankly, I imagined something far less demented than I encountered. All that to s
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
How Sri Lankan immigrants make it in Canada
A review by Ben Antao

Sri Lankan-born Shane Joseph, now a Canadian citizen, has written a mainstream Canadian novel titled Milltown that takes the reader on a virtual merry-go-round of crooked industrialists, abusive politicians, unwanted pregnancies, psychopathic killers, drunken lawyers, Sri Lankan immigrants and inept mobsters --- indeed a roundabout of sex, violence and crime that one normally associates with city and urban living, but not
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shane Joseph’s latest novel takes us to Milltown on the shores of Lake Ontario – a town of 20,000 that is in transition from a blue collar community built up around the now closed flour mill to a bustling bedroom community with high end condos and luxury homes owned by wealthy out-of-towners.

But Milltown is much more than it seems. It is a boiling cauldron of greed, political corruption, simmering violence, dark secrets and racial strife. Opposing forces are battling for control – unscrupulous b
Ronald Mackay
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of Milltown by Shane Joseph
In his recent and most welcome novel, Milltown, Shane Joseph introduces a cast of diverse and distinctive characters thrust together in a series of events ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre. The action occurs in a provincial Ontario town with a whiff of political venality bubbling just below the surface where the disparate characters generate the dramatic fallout that results from opposing human forces uncontrolled. The fundamental adversaries of goodwill
Michael Croucher
I purchased a copy of Shane Joseph’s Milltown at the book’s launch in Cobourg last April. It took me a few months to start reading it, but as soon as I did, I was hooked. I read the novel in one weekend. Joseph set the story in a fictional Ontario town that I was very familiar with… I live close by. That in itself was compelling, but the story, it’s characters and plot twists were magnetic A very satisfying read.
Milltown tells the story of Sri Lankan immigrant Sam Selvadurai and his family as th
Sharon Crawford
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My Goodreads friends and anyone wanting a good read
Shelves: finished-reading
Milltown is Shane Joseph’s best book to date. It delivers a wallop of ongoing plot twists that keep the reader glued to the pages – print or e-copy. And the assorted group of characters – baddies and those trying to do the right thing – make this story set in 2008 and 2009 in a town (population 20,000) on Lake Ontario’s north shore a Canadian Peyton Place. Correction: make that Milltown Place, 21st century style.

The story begins with Sri Lankan immigrant Sam Selvadurai walking on the boardwalk
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Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. He began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has never stopped. Redemption in Paradise, his first novel, was published in 2004 and his first short story collection, Fringe Dwellers, in 2008. His novel, After the Flood, a dystopian epic set in the aftermath of global warming, was released in November 2009, and ...more

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