Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published to acclaim in 1994 and won the W.H. Smith Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the United States. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea and the editor of an anthology, Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction. His books have been published in the United States, the United Kingdom and India, and published in translation in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and Israel.Moving between Toronto and war-torn Sri Lanka of the 1980s and ‰۪90s, The Hungry Ghosts tells an intense and absorbing story of one man‰۪s restless search for redemption. Shivan Rassiah, gay and in his early thirties, prepares to return from Canada to his dying grandmother in Sri Lanka. Much is riding on this trip for Shivan, who hopes it will bring i am the renewal he so desperately needs. Yet he is haunted by the memories of his complicated relationship with his grandmother through his early years, the tragic outcome of a visit he paid her some years after migrating to Canada, and the Buddhist tales she told him with their themes of destiny and karma, which insist there is no escape from
acts committed. Engulfed by his memories and mistakes, Shivan begins to doubt that the redemption he seeks might indeed be possible. A lush, complex novel of migration, sexuality,
family and exile, The Hungry Ghosts brings vividly
to life the smell, colours, landscape, manners
and customs of the author‰۪s native Sri Lanka
and his adopted homeland Canada.