Mariam, a girl of ”mixed blood” is uprooted from Kandy and transplanted to Sydney to escape the escalating ethnic conflict in the late 1990s. Displaced and disoriented, she fights to find her voice in a society that shows little empathy towards the ‘lost in translation’. Her dream is to be an artist but her parents want her to become a doctor. Traumatized by rejection and loneliness, she looks for answers in all the wrong places to find what she has forgotten. Join Mariam in her emotional journey through different cultures numbed by set standards, routine and materialism, as she relates her story of coming home through letters, poetry and sketches to her own daughter Faith.
What our readers are saying about the book.
Captain Elmo Jayawardena
Rozaine’s idea of authorship is certainly not the norm. In her own words “the book is about the silence behind the noise that clutters our lives.” That says it all in metaphorical magnificence.
Dr Felicitas Rost
Colourful and deep cultural nuances are painted in the inward eye. Raw and fluid, it is a fantastic piece of art, depicting fears and hopes of a young woman in search of meaning and purpose.
A book that has the capacity to hold the reader’s undivided attention until it is completed consists of a few characteristics; the story has to be awesome, the presentation out of this world and the content dynamic. And Colours of the Sun is just that.
Awards & Nominations
Achievements for the book
2010 State Literary Awards
Colours of the Sun was one of the five nominated works in at the State Literary Awards 2010.
2010 Shortlisted for Gratiaen Awards
Colours of the Sun was one of the five shortlisted works in the Gratiaen Awards 2010.
2010-2020- Features and Reviews locally and internationally
Rozaine’s work has been reviewed by experts locally and internationally and featured in international journals and magazines.