Friday, 7 July 2023

The Mother's Sun (audio) - Sui Annukka (author) Nimmi Harasgama (narration)

 'Sent on a marketing conference from Sri Lanka to London by her boss, Surya is supposed to be enjoying a change of scene after a tragedy that has left her grief stricken and lost – and compulsively fixated on a long-buried, shameful episode from her past.

Finding herself in the same city as the boy she birthed for an English couple seventeen years ago – in exchange for the money that paid her college tuition – Surya is prepared to risk everything for a glimpse of him.

Surya promises herself that she will be satisfied with just seeing her boy and knowing that he is safe and well. But when she tracks him down and follows him to work at a local café, she is left with more questions than answers. Why has he dropped out of school? Why is he at odds with the world? As they get chatting and he offers to give her a tour of London, she can’t resist the chance to get to know him better.

Forced to confront her past, Surya starts to navigate a way beyond her feelings of guilt, shame, and grief, towards a hopeful future – but what will happen when the boy finds out who she is? Could finding all she ever wanted mean losing everything for a second time?'

                                    - ∆ -

 This is the first time I have reviewed an audio book and with The Mother's Sun coming in at under 7 hours it is probably the best place to start.

 The story was an easy listen and the authentic sound of the narrator's (Nimmi Harasgama) voice worked really well at bringing the characters to life.

  I found it quite obvious early on why Surya wanted to be in London but after that things became a good bit deeper and, at times, a bit uncomfortable but that didn't take away from an interesting and eye opening tale. I hope it will be a physical novel at some time in the future so I can go through the journey in a format I am more used to as I found listening a different experience to reading.

 I am certainly going to be looking at audible versions in the future and found this to be a good start off point.


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