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Book of the Week: The Beach at Galle Road, by Joanna Luloff

Beach_at_Galle_RoadOur new feature is Joanna Luloff’s debut collection, The Beach at Galle Road, which was published this fall by Algonquin Books. Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Baddegama, Sri Lanka. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South. She is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam.

In Tyler McMahon’s recent review of Luloff’s collection, the stories of which take place in Sri Lanka, he writes:

The author lived and worked in Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late nineties. Her mastery of atmospheric effects is on full display here; the stories sear the nostrils with curry, incense, diesel fuel, and lye. But more importantly, they show a mastery of empathy. There are a few Americans abroad in these stories, but Luloff is less concerned with the trials of expats than with the Sri Lankans themselves, for whom the war represents a greater and more permanent loss.

We’re giving away a copy of The Beach at Galle Road to three of our Twitter followers. To be eligible for this giveaway (and all future ones), simply click over to Twitter and “follow” us (@fictionwriters).

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