“The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War” Puts Faces to a Faraway Conflict

I wasn’t terribly impressed by The Kite Runner. I understand why it got the accolades it did, but the writing didn’t do much for me, kind of like a mediocre movie being made worse by lackluster acting. The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amidst the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, in comparison, is simply stunning in its ability to focus on the biggest tragedy of war: the everyday people caught in between.

The Kite Runner might be considered exemplary piece of fiction, but The Seasons of Trouble is definitely an exceptional piece of journalism. Readers who are not fans of non-fiction will find Rohini Mohan’s writing gripping for its strong central narratives of these real people—a son, a mother, and a former child soldier—and their scattered hopes of rebuilding despite the devastation they have lived through.

You might not know anything about Sri Lankan politics, but you’ll be emotionally invested in these people and the place they once called home.

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