New Fiction About a Woman Torn Between Tradition and Modernity

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Taking from her own Experiences, Chathuri Nugawela Reveals an all too Common Dilemma

The distinct differences between Eastern and Western cultures and mentalities are a fascinating curiosity, especially when one considers that the world is round and traveling one way long enough inevitably lands you in the opposite cardinal direction. Even within the same society, different generations can also have diametrically opposite views on many things. This is why parents and their children do not always see eye to eye. Author Chathuri Nugawela pens a fiction that takes heavily from her own personal experiences with these cultural and generational rifts.

Eastern Waves, Western Shores is a novel based on the life of a Sri Lankan woman who comes to study in England and then moves back to Sri Lanka and struggles fitting back in. The expectation of the elders, of society in general, cultural norms and the demands on a modern day career woman overwhelm her. She is torn between her loyalty to her family and the dreams she has for herself.

This book tells a story about a looming arranged marriage, the yearning of young woman to fall in love hopefully with someone that is acceptable to her and her family, to live away from the family feuds and land disputes, away from the "dictatorship" of elders versus her duties towards them. Even after following her heart and her dreams, she feels tormented sometimes and seeks equilibrium in America.

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About the Author
Chathuri Nugawela is originally from Sri Lanka. She holds an LL.B with honors from the University of NewCastle Upon Tyne, U.K. and lives in Maryland, United States. She is a wife and mother and likes to write in her spare time, drawing on her experiences from the countries she has travelled to and lived in and people she has met.

Eastern Waves, Western Shores * by Chathuri Nugawela
Publication Date: November 17, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4653-7455-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4653-7456-1
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-7457-8

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