Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Third Country National

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pp. 1-16

Anura tended the aquarium in the airbase DFAC. It wasn’t his true job, but he had volunteered and was responsible for whatever happened. So he felt slightly ill when he noticed the puffer fish, the newest addition, idling listlessly in the corner of the tank. That puffer...

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War Wounds

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pp. 17-32

Anoja hoped the phone would not ring that Wednesday evening as it had every Wednesday for the past two years. She would have to lie to her husband again. She hadn’t gone to the Australian High Commission as he’d asked. She hadn’t made any progress with her...

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Unicorn

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pp. 33-46

We had an old master then, you are the new master now,” the Tamil servant said as he handed a teacup to one of the guests. The Major, one of the hosts, smiled benevolently but Lieutenant Colonel Lalith Weerakoon cringed. The servant must have thought he...

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The Chief Inspector’s Daughter

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pp. 47-62

Abeggar recently discovered the bodies of four men and one woman in an SUV abandoned on the border of Colombo 8. The corpses’ heads and hands were missing so that the victims could not be quickly identified. Sri Lanka Daily added, disapprovingly...

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Pine

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pp. 63-78

That year Lakshmi yielded and bought a Christmas tree. In sixteen years of living in the States and eight years of marriage, she had never seen the need. If asked why, she explained this was a tradition with no place in her home. But now she could not keep one more...

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The Other One

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pp. 79-95

Elaine stepped back from the crease and started her run, elbows bent. She arced her arm for the delivery, her wrist twisted slightly, and she released the ball. The ball hit the pitch and angled toward the batsman. Elaine had bowled a surprisingly aggressive line and length...

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The Inter-Continental

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pp. 96-109

When Malika’s uncle visited Colombo from America, he came by her house to put a chat with us. By then, Malika and I had double pierced our ears, pierced our belly buttons, even our noses. We sported iced-out jewelry around our necks and wrists, and glued...

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Ismail

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pp. 110-125

How to explain why my brother Harry and I stood in my best friend Abdul’s backyard at two in the morning carrying five large mason jars filled with milk and turkey parts we’d bought at Fairway? My brother was supposed to be watching me closely, waiting for...

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The Demon

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pp. 126-137

Shila’s grandson Ganesh curled back his upper lip and exposed two long demon fangs. Within hours, villagers began arriving at the house. They crouched around Ganesh, sarongs and saris pulled up between their thighs, and peered into his face. As Shila watched...

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Treble Seven, Double Naught

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pp. 138-158

Chamika checked her iPhone and discovered several messages from her aunt in Sri Lanka. “We need your help,” Chamika’s aunt rasped in the last one. Chamika was close to her uncle, her father’s youngest brother, but, since leaving Sri Lanka, she had spoken...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 159-163

My sincere gratitude to the staff at University of Massachusetts Press, Laura Willwerth, and Jeff Parker for supporting this book and helping to shepherd it into the world. Many thanks to the Rona Jaffe Foundation for providing the support for the research and travel that this book...

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