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Srianthi Perera’s debut literary novel, “A Maiden’s Prayer: A Family Story Set in 1970s Sri Lanka,” examines Sri Lankan beliefs in the power of astrology and the role an individual’s character plays in precipitating his destiny.

A Maiden's Prayer

The story unfolds between the years 1973-77. It centers on an extended family trying to marry off a well-to-do male relative, Berty Rajakaruna, a charming and successful engineer. Berty debates whether marriage is a worthwhile price to pay in order to reclaim his inherited estate, now in the clutches of his scheming sister. The estate is special because it was founded by his great-great-grandfather, who was a Mudaliyar (comparable to a country square), under British rule.

The novel is humorously narrated by Tamara, a teenage member of the family who herself is navigating a tricky path from childhood to adulthood. Her narrative voice injects warmth and wit into the story she tells about her uncle, who spurns a traditional, arranged marriage and subsequently meets his destiny.

The story’s many themes include astrology, coming-of-age traditions, Buddhism, and the turbulent political climate of 1970s Sri Lanka. During a pandemic that limits foreign travel, A Maiden’s Prayer is armchair travel and time-travel to a culture little known in the Western world.

Srianthi Perera has enjoyed a lifelong career in journalism in Sri Lanka, the Sultanate of Oman, Canada, and the USA. She currently resides in Arizona.

Find out more on Srianthi’s website, Amazon, and TinyURL.

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