Jacket for 'Reef'


UK - Granta Books
USA - Alexander Street Press
Germany - Unionsverlag
France - La Serpent a Plumes
Portugal - L & PM
Taiwan - Rye Field
Brazil - L&PM Editores


By Romesh Gunesekera

Published Jan 2010

Reef is a love story set in a spoiled paradise. It is told by Triton, who at the age of eleven goes to work as houseboy to Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and the island’s disappearing reef. Triton learns to polish silver, to mix a love cake with ten eggs, creamed butter and fresh cashew nuts, and to steam the exotic parrot fish for his master’s lover. As Triton recounts his story, an extraordinary voice emerges; naive and knowing, fearful and brave, a boy becoming a man in a world on the brink of chaos.