Set in Sri Lanka in 1980, this is the lyrical coming-of-age story of Amrith. Amrith is dreading the dull school holidays, but when his cousin Niresh arrives from Canada, everything changes. At the end of Niresh’s visit, Amrith realizes he is falling in love with his cousin.
The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky. He tries not to think of his life “before,” when his doting mother was still alive. Amrith’s holiday plans seem unpromising: he wants to appear in his school’s production of Othello and he is learning to type at Uncle Lucky’s tropical fish business. Then, like an unexpected monsoon, his cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith’s ordered life is storm-tossed. He finds himself falling in love with the Canadian boy.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cis boys: Amrith
Not explicitly addressed.
Ownvoices: Queer, Indian