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The Beach at Galle Road: Stories Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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“In The Beach at Galle Road, Joanna Luloff portrays, with exquisite passion and restraint, the troubled history of Sri Lanka. Writing from the point of view of young and old, Sri Lankans and Americans, civilians and soldiers, Luloff takes us deep into a country and a culture. Together these wonderful stories form an intricate web in which we, her readers, are happily caught. The Beach at Galle Road is a wise and profoundly moving debut.”
—Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and is completing a PhD at the University of Missouri. She worked as Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1996 to 1998. Her stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565129210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Before all of those years of graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Baddegama, Sri Lanka. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South, and her collection The Beach at Galle Road was released by Algonquin Books in October, 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam. More information at www.joannaluloff.com.

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By WC on October 26, 2012
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This collection of linked stories delves into the lives of various characters affected by the Sri Lankan civil war. The author really shows how war can affect people in both direct and indirect ways, and how even when it seems somewhat distant it still can intrude into everyone's lives. The links between the stories make it a little like a novel, with recurring characters in various stories, but the fact that they are distinct stories makes it easier to jump around to the different locations and times. You get a lot of perspectives, both sides of the civil war and westerners who are in the country for various reasons. Don't buy this book if you are just looking for a light beach read, many of the stories are rather depressing. I personally think it was well worth it though, the writing is really solid and the subject is very compelling, even if you don't know much about Sri Lanka.
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Joanna Luloff,s novel "The Beach at Galle Road" is a story of place. Set in Sri Lanka, the book is a series of stories told from the perspective of various characters. The characters live's intersect in many interesting ways but the beauty of this book, is the abililty of Ms Luloff to create "place" . Sri Lanka's civil war ,the resulting affects on it's population and those people who are in country to provide aid are drawn with an artists pen throughout these short stories. This is not to say that the characters are secondary, Joanna Luloff, does a wonderful job in defining each of her characters in this format. When I started reading this novel my first thought was "So this is Sri Lanka". After a few short chapters this thought was followed by another "So these are the people who live in Sri Lanka" Those who are born to the country and those who visit......this book follows the lives of both.
Joanna Luloff was herself a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka...she was there for two years. Like most gifted story tellers, her powers of observation are keen and she translates this beautifully to the written word. Her portayal of a country during a civil and culteral war is both sensitive and intuitive, which gives the reader the feeling of understanding what it means to be in a country during a time of stress and change.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book. It is not a big book but it certainly tells a big tale. Another book group pick for me. So much to think about, so much to discuss. We are fortunate for the talents of story tellers such as Ms Luloff, whose experiences she shares with those of us who then are able to absorb some of them second hand. This is a beautiful book.
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No stories as such, but slice-of-life accounts of the response of a young American girl of her exposure to a different cultural setting than her own. Although supposed to be short stories, the same characters reappear in later episodes. Quite perceptive, except for the last four stories (of a total of 13) where the author imagines dire outcomes of the ethnic conflict (civil war?) on some of her characters. Obviously based on what she had heard, the book could have been more authentic without their ghastly sensationalism. Most of her direct observations of Sri Lankan life is spot on, including the supposed sexual hang-ups of the average Sri Lankan male. The characters are drawn from observing the daily life of a family she was boarded with. There is an attempt to draw examples from both the Sinhalese and Tamil population. Could have been better as a first person narrative memoir than as a work of fiction. Commendable debut attempt.
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