The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts
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An accomplished debut, The Flower Boy is the tragically romantic story of people from two cultures, one ruling the other, and the human passions that defy and nearly overcome social taboos.

In the colonial society of 1930s Ceylon, the separation between servant and master is clearly drawn. Young Chandi, however, knows that the baby born to his mother’s mistress will be his friend. And, indeed, their friendship blossoms in the lush gardens of the tea plantation on which they live. Many, English and Ceylonese, are troubled by the friendship, but the English planter is charmed by the children’s bond, and ultimately by Chandi’s mother, Premawathi. But the world encroaches on their Eden. Beautifully observed, compellingly plotted, The Flower Boy is a compassionate novel of a lost world and those who struggled to hold on to it.

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About Karen Roberts

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Karen Roberts is a native of Sri Lanka who was born and brought up in Colombo, its capital. She currently lives in California. This is her first book.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Then in a brief interlude of tranquility, Premawathi accepts her feelings for John, daughter Leela makes a good marriage, and Chandi, still Lizzie's best friend, develops into a bright young man with prospects.

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Set during the 13 uneasy, final years of British rule in Ceylon, Roberts's debut novel relates in simple yet eloquent prose the story of two children and their families whose lives, despite cultural a

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Lonely Chandhi immediately decides that she will be his special friend, and christens her ""Rose,"" which the two later change to ""Rose-Lizzie."" The pair's mutual devotion is supported by a humane, good-hearted few, such as Rose-Lizzie's father, John, and Chandhi's mother, Premawathi, and is de...

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Set on the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the years preceding and following World War II, when the island was still under British rule and its lush hills were sprinkled with tea plantations, Karen Roberts' first novel is by turns a tale of friendship, love, and the sometimes crushing weight ...

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