The Boat People

The Boat People

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are m When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vanc...

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  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Mar 01, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    Feb 20, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

  • Brandon
    Feb 16, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

    When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada. The problem? You just can?t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter). There?s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee ...

  • Esil
    Jan 03, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Sep 06, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

    When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada. The problem? You just can?t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter). There?s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee ...

    The Boat People is a really impressive debut novel by Sharon Bala, Based on real events that took place in the early 00s, the book explores the social and emotional issues related to accepting refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka into Canada. She tells the story through the eyes of several...

    Absolutely beautifully written a look at the desperate lives of these refugees.who escape on boats& then must adjust to a new world full of racism daily dangers &threats of deportation a very timely read, ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 03, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

  • Angela M
    Jul 25, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

  • Krista
    Feb 07, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Feb 28, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

  • Patrice Hoffman
    Jan 30, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

  • Rebecca
    Jan 26, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

  • Cheryl
    Jul 04, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

  • Heather(Gibby)
    Mar 01, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

  • Brittany
    Jan 28, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 25, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

  • Lynn
    Mar 18, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

    When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada. The problem? You just can?t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter). There?s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee ...

    The Boat People is a really impressive debut novel by Sharon Bala, Based on real events that took place in the early 00s, the book explores the social and emotional issues related to accepting refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka into Canada. She tells the story through the eyes of several...

    Absolutely beautifully written a look at the desperate lives of these refugees.who escape on boats& then must adjust to a new world full of racism daily dangers &threats of deportation a very timely read, ...

    This was a disturbing read, partly because of the predicaments of the Tamil refugees in the story, but also because it's impossible to not think of the current sentiments directed at refugees, regardless of their countries of origin. The story's main characters comprise 1) Mahinden, a...

    This is a remarkable story...so poignant and so very pertinent in today?s world. I appreciate the fact that Bala offers no meaningless/well-meaning platitudes, not does she take sides. She simply presents the facts of reality from all sides. Though she excels in detailing the everyda...

  • Rachel Stansel
    Oct 28, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

  • Lata
    Nov 16, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

    When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada. The problem? You just can?t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter). There?s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee ...

    The Boat People is a really impressive debut novel by Sharon Bala, Based on real events that took place in the early 00s, the book explores the social and emotional issues related to accepting refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka into Canada. She tells the story through the eyes of several...

    Absolutely beautifully written a look at the desperate lives of these refugees.who escape on boats& then must adjust to a new world full of racism daily dangers &threats of deportation a very timely read, ...

    This was a disturbing read, partly because of the predicaments of the Tamil refugees in the story, but also because it's impossible to not think of the current sentiments directed at refugees, regardless of their countries of origin. The story's main characters comprise 1) Mahinden, a...

  • Kate Olson
    Jan 10, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

  • Danielle Tremblay
    Dec 18, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

  • Taryn Pierson
    Jul 07, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

  • Charlsa
    Jul 05, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

  • ebookclassics
    Feb 01, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

    When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada. The problem? You just can?t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter). There?s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee ...

    The Boat People is a really impressive debut novel by Sharon Bala, Based on real events that took place in the early 00s, the book explores the social and emotional issues related to accepting refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka into Canada. She tells the story through the eyes of several...

  • Nora
    Jul 12, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

    Such a thought provoking and nuanced ?issues? novel. I really enjoyed all three narrative voices and thought they all equally blended to give a full picture of the issues involved. I was slightly annoyed by the lack of quotation marks - usually a dealbreaker - but it was pretty eas...

    Seriously? Thats how it ends??? I need like 50 more pages. But all jokes aside this book is beautifully written with a heart wrenching story that is relevant to today. The fact that a lot of this book is set in Vancouver, BC brings a familiar feeling to the story that I long for in ...

    A truly beautiful book! I did not know much about the conflicts in Sri Lanka, apart from vaguely having heard of the Tamil Tigers growing up (it was a pretty big deal in when I lived in Norway, for obvious reasons, but I still didn't learn much about it). I was immensely moved by this ...

  • Allison
    Mar 17, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

    I loved so many things about this book. Mostly I liked how it showed how complicated immigration issues can be and that there are no black and white answers to some difficult questions. I also felt it exposed how those who gain a position by political patronage are not always qualified...

    The Boat People is the fictional story of one man and his son's experience fleeing Sri Lanka. In addition to his experience, we follow a young lawyer and one of the governmental employees assigned to determine who stays in Canada and who is to be deported. I knew nothing about the hist...

    Good, yes, and this book does a fine job of illustrating the complexities of leaving your home country in the wake of war. It also shines a strong light on the outrageous impossibility of the resultant jobs of people like immigration officers who are left to interpret and judge those c...

  • Nancy
    Aug 01, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

  • Celia
    Feb 20, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...

    I received this novel by GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. I will not summarize this story, but you can read an excellent one written by Nancy here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Warsan Shire, the British-Somali poet wrote: you have to understand, ...

    In October 2009 and August 2010, the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, two ships bearing together just over 550 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived in British Columbia. Those vessels and their passengers were the inspiration for this novel. Bala insists that all characters in this b...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Nov 27, 2017

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

  • Kai
    Apr 11, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Jul 02, 2018

    3.5 rounded up. This book tackles a difficult and timely topic based on a true event that occurred in Canada in 2010 with the arrival of a ship from Sri Lanka carrying nearly 500 refugees seeking asylum. This is an important story reflecting on an issue that is front and center rig...

    3.5 The refugee crisis has been prominent in many of our countries, the concern for safety of the current citizens, versus those who are looking for a safe place to land and start over. In this book a ship of Sri Lankan refugees , over five hundred, some women and children, but mainly ...

    3.5 stars. There are some risks involved in writing fiction based on real events. An author may take liberties for the sake of the story, but then the liberties can be distracting to the reader... The Boat People was mostly good with some distractions. The Boat People is based on th...

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This is a fairly large book, but a surprisingly fast read and a deep tale of the horrors and woes that many refugees face, horrors so frequent that it's commonplace. The Boat People is ultimately about the futility that the wit...

    ?Hope was a dangerous thing to lose.? Sharon Bala's debut novel is a touching and emotional journey from war-torn Sri Lanka all the way to the coast of Canada. When a refugee boat with over 500 Tamil people arrives after a long and hard trip, their passengers are divided int...

    We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr. Who leaves their home unless under duress? The place of one's nativity, where one's ancestors are buried, the house that contains so many memories are not given up lightly. To be a refugee, ...

    In August 2010, the merchant vessel Sun Sea arrived at Esquimalt naval base in British Columbia, carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers. Sri Lanka had been in a state of civil war for twenty-five years. Before Sri Lanka gained independence, the British brought in millions of...

    Considering the current crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, with children being separated from parents and asylum seekers being treated like criminals, this seems like a good time to learn what it?s like to be a refugee. Although Bala?s book is set Canada, not the U.S., and her chara...

    There are certain books that enter into our lives for a purpose, and this is one of those books for me. This heartbreaking look at the refugee crisis in general, and specifically that of Sri Lankan refugees being detained in Canada, was an educationally rich experience for me, and one ...

    I was surprised by this book. It is a work of fiction concerning the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka that immigrated by ship to Canada. It is apparent the author researched the subject extensively and created a great story. I knew nothing about the subject before reading this book. The t...

    3 stars-Thank you to Keep Turing Pages and Doubleday for the chance to read and review this book. This book would have been a 4 star book for me had the author added the needed quotation marks to her story. However, since I find the lack of quotation marks to be interrupting and an...

    Based on a real-life refugee crisis that hit Canada in 2009, Bala?s debut novel illuminates all sides of the issue by focusing on a father and son who travel from Sri Lanka to Vancouver Island by boat, their lawyers, and the Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who is to decide on their cas...

    OUTSTANDING!!! Beautifully told, refreshing writing. This transpires along Canada's border, but the timely relevance to current American headlines is UNCANNY. And to finish this on our Independence Day is quite moving. What a gift this author has given us. And it's her debut! BRAVA. ...

    Mahindan turned his back to the railing and slid down to sit on the deck. Exhaustion whenever he thought of the future; terror when he remembered the past. He yawned and pressed a cheek to raised knees, then tucked his arms in for warmth. At least here on the boat they were safe from ...

    The Canada Reads theme this year is one book to open your eyes and that?s exactly how I feel about The Boat People. The book illustrates how most Canadians (excepting only indigenous people) are immigrants. It doesn?t matter that my ancestors came here three hundred years ago, they...

    The Boat People by Sharon Bala might best be reviewed after tonight's State of the Union address... The Boat People tells the story of immigration from three different viewpoints... VERY different viewpoints. There's no denying the political message behind this read, but instead of foc...

    This was such an in-depth and emotional behind the scenes look at immigration and those who are refugees. An especially important novel in this current political climate; however, I think this novel will important regardless of the year. This story follows multiple points of vie...