BOOK comments


Dear Beatrice,
I just wanted to let you know that I read your book and loved it.  I have been meaning to email you about this but have been not getting to this in a timely fashion.  I could not put the book down and am very impressed with your courage and strength.
As they say, You go girl!

Louise M. Goldstein
Branch Manager
Central Square

Dear Beatrice:
I truly enjoyed reading your memoir, In Contempt of Fate. As a fellow Sri Lankan, I salute you for your courage and honesty in sharing your personal and very painful story with readers, especially readers in the West. Your book captivated me with its powerful story and imagery. You have shown what a wonderful story teller you are by weaving this painful story with Asian values and Sri Lankan images. The book captures not only the cruelty that exists in humanity, but also the hope for humanity with its sheer determination to survive, overcoming injustice... I recommend this as a must read for every Sri Lankan as well as any reader who has a passion for justice.

Chitral de Mel
Assistant Director of the Refugee
Immigration Ministry

Dear Beatrice:
It was great. I couldn't put it down All of us here at Cefalo's said the same thing. I had a hard time thinking of you, as we know you now living in another world... You still seem so young.
Oprah would love your book. Can you send it to her book club? Hope it works out for you. We think you have a best seller…love

Betty Greene.
Cefalo Memorial complex,

From the very first page, this incredible story of courage and survival captured my interest. Every chapter revealed something new and intriguing, making me want to read on. I was caught up in the struggle of Ranga, who, against great odds, managed to escape poverty and oppression, and forge a new life for herself and her son. Congratulations! This book is so inspiring, and you are a wonderfully gifted writer who deserves much success in the literary world.


Those of us at the Saugus Barnes & Nobel Group and who have heard the very first portions of In Contempt of Fate as it was being written, saw at first hand a survivor of a horrific situation. Our admiration and amazement only grew in great bounds as we saw the story develop and of Beatrice's servile imprisonment. Here's a salute to the real Tiger Lady!

Tom Sheehan

Dear Beatrice:
In Contempt of Fate is the story of a young non-conformist woman, brought up in a very different culture, who resists the tight-laced traditions of her country, almost provoking certain ostracism from her society and even death, by her independent approach to life and surroundings. This book is charmingly written; it expresses beautifully the aura of the author. It will keep you on the edge of your chair with every page.

Doris at Toast Maters

Dear Beatrice,
I just finish reading your book. Tears were pouring down my face as I was reading it and couldn't understand the evil which one human being (woman) can do to another and why? Where was the woman's husband all these times? I can understand how a mother's love can be such a powerful thing to keep you going. If there is anything I can do to help, please mail me back. I would like to know did you marry this wonderful young man,"Nuwan" who helped you to move here?

Thank you and may God always be with you!
Shalom Geula Litchman
Cape Cod, MA.



Ah Beatrice,
You are a gift to many.  Surely you know this. Thank you Beatrice! Because of you I created a beautiful sculpture.  This sculpture is dedicated to you, as you inspired it.  It tells a part of your story; the moment you challenged God, the moment before you jumped.

Erica Arce'

Dear Beatrice Fernando,
I am a student at Wayland Middle School and I am writing to you to tell you about what I personally felt as I was listening to your speech and I would also like to thank you for coming to our school.
Your story will be forever imprinted in my mind. The most memorable moment for me was when you were in that wretched lady’s house. I remember the doors being locked and you trying to get out with the car keys. I remember the telephone being locked as you desperately tried to call for help. I remember you dropping from the balcony praying for your life. I also remember you getting beaten until you were unconscious, but what I remember most is when you came out of hiding to tell your story.

Michelle Cunningham

Dear Beatrice, 
We owe you an extra thank you for venturing all the way to Walpole on this rainy day. The students appreciate so much all that you have gone through in life and continue to do to make our world a better place to be.
We are proud of you, your spirit, love and perseverance! Thank you & bless you for sharing your journey with us.

Debbie Jordan
Walpole High School
Library Media Center

Dear Diane and Meg,
Beatrice's visit and talk at Brown University were marvelous -- simply marvelous. Before the evening talk, she met with some students, and then a group of us went to dinner and the conversation flowed easily and was lively and interesting. As a speaker, she was astonishing -- eloquent, quietly passionate, and deeply moving. The audience gave her a standing ovation. She spoke with such power and so articulately, not only telling her story but illuminating the whole issue of slavery. She gave a human face and a human voice to what many people today probably consider an abstract issue, a piece of old history. I am sure that she opened many eyes. She is warm, charming, and lively, and has tremendous grace. It was a great event. Thanks for sending her, and thanks for all you do.

Coordinator, Providence chapter
of Amnesty International

Hello Beatrice:
Thank you again for your wonderful presentation on your experiences as a domestic slave in Lebanon. Your words were so inspirational, and today students are beginning to write letters to officials telling of your experiences and asking for more intervention by governments to abolish modern day slavery.

Sue Saber
Library Media Specialist
Wayland Middle School

Dear Beatrice: I just wanted to thank your for coming to speak last Monday at Harvard for the Harvard Program for International Education. We were all very inspired by your speech, and all of the students and teachers we spoke with agreed it was by far one of the most powerful talks they had heard. We really appreciate that you were able to take the time to come and speak for us.

Ruchira Saha
Director, Harvard Program
for International Education

Yesterday, after I left your presentation and was walking my group of students back to class, one of the girls turned to me and said, "I have a new hero today." Truer words couldn't be spoken, but more importantly her words were emblematic of the responses I heard and received from my students all day. Not only were they blown away by your story, the power of your presentation, and the final hopeful drive you are able to instill, but more importantly my students walked away aware and knowing that they can do something to contribute to change. Change with regards to the issue of slavery.

William Hasting
and the entire 8th grade
at Nauset Regional Middle School

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