A Curse to Complete You by Nimi Atma

514UGiPqKpL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_I’m excited to announce that one of the novels I worked on as an editor is now available on Amazon.  Set in parts of Sri Lanka and in the eastern end of Toronto, the story includes a healthy dose of East Asian history, mythology, and some elements of magic realism.

The story begins in Sri Lanka in 1949. Eesin, a Tamil teen, and his friend, Anthony, flee their native village in the Jaffna Peninsula in search of a better future. Instead, they find themselves in a middle of a civil war resulting from ancient feuds and ethnic grudges between Tamil and Sinhalese groups. The war will consume all of Eesin’s businesses, political ambitions, and even the futures of his children, Helen and Castor. The two, in turn, will face uncertainties related to coming of age when the war will begin in 1983.

Helen sees cursed omens in her nightmares warning her to flee. Castor receives magical visions calling him to join the resistance. Yet there is a third one with three eyes who has seen wars since time immemorial. And she may be the only one who can save them all …

The story will introduce you to the difficult reality of living in a military region and coping with danger on a daily basis. It will also help you to become more familiar with local mythology and religious practices of different groups living in Sri Lanka. Readers of Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje will enjoy this captivating South Asian story of historical fiction, magic, and family life.

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