October 2022: My Sweet Girl
Updated: Oct 1, 2022
Order the book through your local bookstore, online, or check your local library for digital and physical loans.
We recommend perusing these links to get additional context about the book, the author, and the themes of the book. Spoilers ahead, though!
Review: ‘My Sweet Girl,’ by Amanda Jayatissa (NPR)
Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense (Writer’s Digest)
My Sweet Girl: An interview with Amanda Jayatissa (Feminist Book Club: The Podcast)
What is an unreliable narrator? (Book Riot)
What is a psychological thriller? (Celadon Books)
Code Switch: Transracial adoptees on their racial identity and sense of self (NPR)
Nearly 300 demand South Korea probe their adoption abroad (Associated Press)
These reading questions are adapted from PRH Library
Mohini is the Sinhalese iteration of "the woman in white", and is used as a warning to children to behave a certain way. How does this folktale show up in other cultures? What does it say about storytelling that the warning comes in the form of a woman?
Paloma disassociates throughout the novel. How does this form of unreliable narrator impact the reading experience?
Paloma, a Sinhalese girl, was adopted by a white American family. How do her experiences with microaggressions change with this layer of self-knowing and lack of self-knowing?
My Sweet Girl centers different types of desperation. Did you relate to any of these instances?
What does it mean to have a story with no clear "good" characters?