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Sometimes war can seem remote, even if it's happening in your own country. For those living in the south of Sri Lanka during the eighties and nineties, the civil war raging in the north between the Tamils and the government felt worlds away; but for one family and their Peace Corps boarder, that feeling changes when a survivor returns home. Joanna Lulof's debut novel The Beach at Galle Road artfully registers the residual effects of a conflict even after the headlines subside. Its subtlety and atmospheric authenticity aren't accidental: Author Lulof served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1996 to 1998.