A Garden of Demons by Edward Hower
A Novel

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A coming-of-age novel set in the lush natural beauty and political turbulence of contemporary Sri Lanka.

Modern terrorism, like ancient beliefs in spirits and ghosts thrives in lush, beautiful Sri Lanka, the setting of Edward Hower's sixth novel, A Garden of Demons. Lila, a gifted half-American girl, begins to see her once idyllic world in new ways when her Uncle Richard joins her family on a visit. Though he seeks peace in her parents' jungle nature sanctuary, Richard must instead help them to confront the dangers which threaten to destroy their home and, with frightening intensity, put an end to Lila's innocence.

 

About Edward Hower

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Edward Hower is the author of four previous novels. His writing has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Atlantic Monthly", "Southern Review", "Epoch", "Transatlantic Review", "Smithsonian"; his reviews in the nation's most prestigious book pages. He has been awarded numerous writing grants. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, the novelist Alison Lurie & teaches at Cornell & Ithaca College.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Ontario Review Pr. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cultural conflict creates some of the tension: Sri Lanka is haunted by devas, “little goddesses that protect trees and rivers,” but Richard tells tales of Sprite, which in the US is both a sweet drink and another name for devas.

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A Sri Lankan Christian family's small nature sanctuary becomes a potential hideout for Tamil Tiger terrorists in Hower's sixth novel (after Shadows and Elephants).

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