Nayomi Munaweera: What Lies Between Us
Nayomi Munaweera is a brilliant author whose writing draws from her life experiences in Sri Lanka, Nigeria and California. The first time I met her, we talked about her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, which made waves across South Asia with its insight into life in Sri Lanka wartime. She returned to Portland with her second novel, What Lies Between Us. This is a powerful story of one woman’s tragedy in marriage and motherhood as impacted by war.
When Nayomi came to Portland, we sat down at Powell’s City of Books to chat about the process of writing about motherhood (all of the beauty and all of the ugly) and her thoughts on how mothers are treated in the US. We also discussed her recent appearance at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and how to heal a nation using the literary arts, after a decades-long ethnic war
This interview was featured for the March 23, 2016 episode of Intersections Radio. Check out the podcast!
Air date: 3/23/2016
**You can read a transcript of the interview: 032716 Intersections with Nayomi Munaweera transcript