Meet Amanda Jayatissa, Author of My Sweet Girl

San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Amanda Jayatissa on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 PM. Jayatissa will discuss her debut book, My Sweet Girl, before taking questions from the audience.

After registering, you'll receive your Zoom invitation and information on how to obtain a giveaway copy of My Sweet Girl!

My Sweet Girl is a wickedly dark thriller written by Amanda Jayatissa, one of the first Sri Lankan women to secure an international book deal. My Sweet Girl follows Paloma Evans, adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage and given the best of everything.

Now 30 years old, she sublets the spare bedroom in her San Francisco apartment to Arun, who recently arrived from India. Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, but she finds him dead before she can pay him off. By the time the police arrive, there's no body—and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place. Paloma is left to wonder—did her secret die with Arun, or is she now in even more danger than before?

Praise for Amanda Jayatissa

Amanda Jayatissa grew up in Sri Lanka, completed her undergraduate degree at Mills College in California and lived in the UK before moving back to her sunny little island. She works as a corporate trainer, owns a chain of cookie stores, is a proud dog-mum to her two spoiled huskies and My Sweet Girl is her debut novel. My Sweet Girl was a Most Anticipated Novel of Fall 2021 by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, New York Post, The Boston Globe, Fortune, Buzzfeed, Goodreads, Shondaland, BookRiot and more! Her second novel, You’re Invited, will be published by Berkley in Fall 2022.

Like nothing else I’ve read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read! —Samantha Downing (My Lovely Wife)

Equal parts witty, chilling, and hypnotic, and it includes some of the creepiest lines and images I’ve ever read. — Megan Collins (The Winter Sister)

This debut thriller—as witty as it is propulsive—will keep readers guessing.O, The Oprah Magazine

In her debut novel, Sri Lanka–based Jayatissa is a master of first-person narration as she delves into questions of identity—how individuals perceive themselves, and the tendency not to see others for who they really are.Library Journal