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The Match by Romesh Gunesekera
The Match begins in Manila in the 1970s, where Ceylonese teenager Sunny Fernando lives a relatively affluent like in an expatriate conclave. His father arranges a pick-up cricket game against a group from Hong Kong, but Sunny is more interested in Tina than the match, and the whole event turns out to be anticlimactic. Sunny discovers the truth behind a family secret, and becomes disenchanted with his father. He moves to London and eventually marries and becomes a parent. Sunny, however, finds himself in a life without impetus, feeling detached from his homeland and his family. Thirty years after the cricket match in Manila, he goes to watch the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team play at the Oval, and encounters his past. Romesh Gunesekera's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Times Literary Supplement saying, "Few novelists have so skilfully underlined the beauty of patience as a redeeming virtue. A slow run-up to the wicket brings its own rewards."