Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
"The walls of my cell are painted an industrial white, like albumen. They must think the color is soothing. Where I come from it connotes absence, death, unrelenting loneliness."
In the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, a young girl grows up with her loving family; but even in the midst of this paradise, terror lurks in the shadows. When tragedy strikes, she and her mother must seek safety by immigrating to America. There the girl must reinvent herself as an American teenager to survive, with the help of her cousin. Both love and loss fill her life, but even as she assimilates and thrives, the secrets and scars of her past follow her into adulthood. In this new country of freedom, everything she has built begins to crumble around her, and her hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous. When the past and the present collide, she sees no other choice than to commit her unforgivable final act. This is her confession.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
God Almighty. I was absolutely enraptured with the story and I knew it was going to veer into tragedy at some point and when it did I could hardly bear it. This one will stick with me for a very long time. Deep and well fleshed-out characters come together inside a deeply moving plot that rivets the reader until the end.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes. Yes. Yes.