Grace de Silva, wife of the shiftless but charming Aloysius, has five children and a crumbling marriage. As increasing ethnic violence becomes more than a backdrop to their lives in Sri Lanka, this once happy family begins to collapse and each of the four de Silva children decide to leave home. Finding themselves immigrants in London, the de Silvas are all desperately homesick, caught in a culture clash between East and West. Only Grace's granddaughter, Meeka, moves confidently into a new world full of possibilities. But nothing is as easy as it seems, and she must overcome pain and heartache before she can see the extraordinary effects of history on her family's migration. Only then can she acknowledge the place she has come from and the person she has become.
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