The boat people is a really impressive debut novel by sharon bala based on real events that took place in the early 00s the book explores the social and emotional issues related to accepting refugees from war torn sri lanka into canada. Book review books can lit canada reads canada reads 2018 fiction immigration literary fiction penguin random house sharon bala the boat people published by annelogan17 i worked in the canadian publishing industry for 7 years and loved every minute of it. Sharon bala lives in st johns newfoundland she is a member of the port authority writing group the boat people is her first novel. The boat people is a burning flare of a novel at once incendiary and illuminating with a rare combination of precision empathy and insight sharon bala has crafted an unflinching examination of what happens when the fundamental human need for safety collides with the cold calculus of bureaucracy
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