Five years after winning national acclaim with his Giller Prize longlisted debut novel, Randy Boyagoda returns with the epic story of a man who lives in defiance of his fate.
Told in four parts, this enthralling novel traces the story of Sam Kandy, who is born to low prospects in a Ceylon village in 1899 and dies a hundred years later as the wealthy headman of the same village—a self-made shipping magnate and the father of 16 who’s been married three times and widowed twice.
A novel about family, pride, and ambition, set on a gorgeous, troubled island caught between tradition and modernity, Beggar’s Feast establishes Boyagoda as a major voice in international literature.
Writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is a professor of American studies at Ryerson University. His debut novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was longlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three daughters.