"This fascinating memoir by a member of one of Sri Lanka's ruling families . . . recounts the story of a 'Golden Age of innocence' . . . Here, too, are poignant stories of courtships, family feuds and fading fortunes."--New York Times Book Review. "Gooneratne's charming narrative recounts the intertwined lives of an aristocratic Sinhalese family for three generations amidst its mix of ancient and modern social practices."--Library Journal.