In the pent-up heat of Colombo, piece by piece, a family comes apart. In the restless streets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Latha wants a home.
Anoushka wants an iPod.
Mano hopes to win his wife back.
Lakshmi dreams of rescuing a lost boy.
And Niranjan needs big money, so he can leave them all behind.

Inga Simpson, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Trees Were, describes it as, ‘A rich and colourful story of family and country, its complexity revealed in layers’ and Books+Publishing has referred to it as ‘Distinct and convincing, Ruins heralds the arrival of a gifted new talent in fiction’.

A moving story that evocatively portrays how war affects a family and friendships well after the worst is over. Savanadasa’s fresh and stirring voice is a must-read for fans of Zadie Smith and Rohinton Mistry.

Rajith Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013 and received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014. Rajith also runs Open City Stories, a website documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers. Ruins is his first novel.