The Sweet and Simple Kind by Yasmine Gooneratne

The Sweet and Simple Kind

Yasmine Gooneratne

I loved this tale of two young girls growing up in the fast-changing, and at times violent, new country of Sri Lanka. It is a long novel but easy to read - and the wry commentaries and gentle humour reminded me greatly of Jane Austen.

Extract

'A girl who is named Latha will grow up to be like a clinging vine. Not just because she will be graceful and lovely, but because she will be a perfect wife. She will cling to her husband as a creeper clings to a tree. His strength will support her, and her beauty will decorate his sturdy branches.'
Latha looked down at the floor, hoping by this means to avoid Tsunami's amused eyes. She wished Amma would stop giving her silly little lecture. It was unnecessary. It was unforgivable. She would never live it down.
'I understand, Auntie. A kind of parasite,' Tsunami said and calmly changed the subject.

Parallels
  • The Anne of Green Gables novels by L M Montgomery
  • Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan
  • Any title by Jane Austen

Books with similar mood

The Eye of Eternity

Maggie Furey

Turn Again Home

Carol Birch

A Boy Made of Blocks

Keith Stuart

The Island

Victoria Hislop

The Outing

Audrey Corr

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

I Don't Know How She Does It

Alison Pearson

Peace and Conflict

Irene Sabatini

The Zoya Factor

Anuja Chauhan

Girl in a Blue Dress

Gaynor Arnold

The Light of Amsterdam

David Park

Black Orchids

Gillian Slovo

Behaving like adults

Anna Maxted

City of Light

Lauren Belfer

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

Eve Harris

His 'n' Hers

Mike Gayle

PS, I Love You

Cecelia Ahern

Silence and Shadows

James Long

Temeraire

Naomi Novik

The Last Templar

Raymond Khoury

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Andrew Miller

Dancing With the Two-headed Tigress

Tina Biswas

Three of a Kind

Alison Norrington

Blessings

Anna Quindlen

This is Your Life

John O'Farrell

The Dissident

Nell Freudenberger

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

Katherine Pancol

The Mobile Library: the Case of the Missing Books

Ian Sansom

Standing in the Rainbow

Fannie Flagg

Ishq and Mushq

Priya Basil

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Gaile Parkin

Coastal Treasure

Mark Alan Griffis

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Helen Simonson

Getting It!

Jane Blanchard

Shadow

K Parker

Ten Steps to Happiness

Daisy Waugh

Something for the Weekend

Pauline Mclynn

Confinement

Katherine McMahon

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

Ugly Duckling

Amita Mukerjee

The Understudy

David Nicholls

A Girl Could Stand Up

Leslie Marshall

The Ivy Chronicles

Karen Quinn

That They May Face The Rising Sun

John McGahern

White Powder, Green Light

James Hawes

Ralph's Party

Lisa Jewell

The Selected Works of T S Spivet

Reif Larsen