Visiting us from upstate New York, where she teaches at SUNY Potsdam is Joanna Luloff, whose arresting debut book of linked stories, The Beach at Galle Road: Stories from Sri Lanka (Algonquin Books), is informed by the years she spent in Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer. "In The Beach at Galle Road Joanna Luloff portrays, with exquisite passion and restraint, the troubled history of Sri Lanka. Writing from the point of view of young and old, Sri Lankans and Americans, civilians and soldiers, Luloff takes us deep into a country and a culture. Together these wonderful stories form an intricate web in which we, her readers, are happily caught ...A wise and profoundly moving debut." - Margot Livesey. "An engaging and thought-provoking collection of interconnected stories which shed a very personal light on the civil war in [Sri Lanka] ... Woven together, these stories reveal the realities behind the headlines and provide a gripping read." - Booklist.