Sharon Bala was born in Dubai, raised in Ontario, and currently lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was published in January 2018, and was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018. As a manuscript, it won the Percy Janes First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award. Her story, “Butter Tea at Starbucks” won the 2017 Journey Prize. Her work can be found in several publications, including The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, and Prism International.
The Boat People
Penguin Random House
When the rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Canadian shores, the young father believes he and his six-year-old son can finally begin a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into prison, with government officials and news headlines speculating that hidden among the “boat people” are members of a terrorist organization infamous for their suicide attacks. The Boat People is a timely novel that provides a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.