Long listed for Dublin Impac Prize in 2012
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Seelawathie, a young village girl is brought to the city to care for Cat, the daughter of a prominent Colombo family. With her parents involved with each other and their active social life, Cat soon comes to regard Seelawathi as her parent and best friend. They build their own happy microcosmic life within the large household and are relatively content until Seelawathie falls in love. Her forbidden relationship challenges the rigid boundaries of society and leads to a cataclysmic end of innocence. The Lament of the Dhobi Woman explores the issue of class in Colombo society and the fragile intricacies of love and forgiveness.
The story and the telling of it are fast paced with many events crowded in, so that the reader's interest is captured by the first sentence and held – Nanda Pethiyagoda
This book is one of those that one does not want to put down until the read is over... Perhaps The Lament Of The Dhobi Woman can be used as a story that teaches good values in the realm of human sexuality... All the readers of this book must thank Roberts for the good story. I hope that she will give us more – Sydney Knight
Beautifully structured, captivatingly descriptive and emotionally tugging at your heartstrings The Lament of the Dhobi Woman is well worth reading - Ruwini Jayawardana
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