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By: Ravi Kulatunga

Falling Behind

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Do you really know the person you have committed the rest of your life to? Are they the same person you married, once knew, or have you ignored those subtle changes and made compromises just for the sake of happily ever after? Perhaps it is you who has changed, and now everything you once cherished, once hoped for, does not bind you in the way that it once did.

Against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Beth, and her husband Jake, travel to Samoa to reset and mend a broken marriage. But the suspicion of an affair, an addiction, a crime, or the thought that he just does not want to be around her anymore, travel with her to this island paradise.

How does it feel to lose a child? Your children are not supposed to leave you before you leave them. How do you live in a vacuum, unable to breathe, when sleep and inevitable death are the only reprieve? And then, what happens when you are responsible for their death? An old man and women, isolated from the rest of the world, abandoned by their families and neighbours, grapple with grief.

Falling Behind is a collection of six short stories that explores the character of grief and its manifestation in people and how these very same people attempt to ride it out and hope, at the same time, for it to end. As with Leaving Behind, each story bears an unexpected twist.

Ravi Kulatunga was born in Sri Lanka and at the age of four, moved with his family to Central Africa where he spent an adventurous childhood travelling around the continent learning about different people and their rich cultures. He then moved to England for a short time and later migrated to Australia along with his parents and two siblings. He now lives with his wife and daughter in New Zealand, where he works as a business consultant. His family, as well as travelling and writing, take up most of his time now.

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