On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street - but the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all. In a heart-rending vel poised between the past and the future, the incence of the children - a beloved sister and her over-protective siblings, a rejected son and his twin sisters, two very different brothers - contrasts sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care. On Sal Mal Lane is a story of what was lost to a country and her people, and a cry for reconciliation.
Ru Freeman is the author of A Disobedient Girl, a finalist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature that has been translated into seven languages. An activist and journalist whose work appears internationally, she calls both Sri Lanka and America home.