Marriage of a Thousand Lies Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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An ALA Stonewall Honor Book
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award
Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medalist for LGBT+ Fiction
Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Praise for Marriage of a Thousand Lies
“What a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel . . . How Lucky tries to free herself from a life of lies is an incredibly compelling tale.”
“A remarkable novel rich with interlocking issues both timeless and timely. SJ Sindu’s debut is more than impressive; it’s important.”
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“I love Lucky, the unforgettable narrator of Marriage of a Thousand Lies. She has taken a place among my favorite misfits in literature, a young woman longing for love and tradition and celebration and family even as she defies expectations and navigates her own paths. I’m especially captivated by the novel’s honesty and tenderness—SJ Sindu is an intuitive writer with great insights into the complications of love and friendship.”
—Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola
“SJ Sindu has written an important novel about Sri Lankan immigrant culture. Here, the intersections of migration, sexuality and culture are explored in loving and heartbreaking detail. A book that reveals the secrets of a community caught between East and West.”
—Nayomi Munaweera, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors
—The Toronto Star
“Enthralling . . . Sindu is a skilled writer, and this is a remarkable first novel.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Sindu’s heart-wrenching debut novel . . . incorporates love, loss, family, rebirth and growth to tell a captivating story you won’t be able to put down.”
“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a rare book, written from a queer, South Asian perspective, but a welcome addition to an all-too-small canon.”
“[Sindu] has written a debut novel that is honest and moving—a complex story about a Sri-Lankan family and a strong female protagonist who struggles with her own identity against a backdrop of deep traditions and community.”
—Bay Area Reporter
“Sindu handles the complexities of identity beautifully.”
—Minnesota Public Radio
“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a fascinating work.”
“Sindu takes on the conflict between love of family and of oneself with clarity and laughs.”
“A well-written debut . . . brings to light the layers of struggles that shape our decisions on how we choose to live our lives.”
“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a beautiful exploration of queer South Asian-American identity. With both a compelling plot and a beautifully crafted cast of characters, this novel is a must-read.”
“So good . . . heartbreaking in the way it portrayed the characters torn between happiness and custom. SJ Sindu does a beautiful job describing how Lucky feels about living a secret life and her fear of disappointing her parents, and the language and imagery is gorgeous.”
“[A] perceptive, subtle, and provocative first novel. Sindu’s characters are all believably complicated and compassionately observed, and she anchors the central tension between individuality and ties to family in concrete scenes from Lucky’s life. The author’s quirky sense of humor and matter-of-fact take on a potentially fraught situation keep the tone of the novel deceptively light, resulting in a moving and memorable story.”
“SJ Sindu’s fine debut [is] a timely tale with themes of immigration, free will, identity, and personal choice.”
“An important intervention in the canons of both LGBTQ and South Asian literature. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is not only important: it’s also a beautiful book, with fresh, tidy prose, and complex, flawed characters, a novel that is at once sad and hopeful.”
“A powerful critique of marriage, tradition and religion.”
“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a deeply affecting work in many ways.”
“A poignant, heart-warming love story.”
—Youth Ki Awaaz
About the Author
- Publisher : Soho Press; 1st edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616957905
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616957902
- Lexile measure : HL720L
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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This was a hard and poignant look at life for those who are queer and their struggle in the desi-American immigrant story.
Top reviews from other countries
It was a sad reminder how difficult life can be for people who identify as LGBTQIA when their country, family or cultural beliefs and attitudes do not recognise or accept who they are. The book was not about abuse or threat towards the main characters but focused on the silence from Lucky's family and the desire to cover up their identity and sexuality in order to conform to the cultural "norm".
I loved following Lucky's story and how they come to terms with the marriage of their best friend and partner. I was hoping to also see Krishna's perspective but his story is very much in the background which is a shame.
Overall this is an engaging read and does a good job of depicting the struggles faced by Lucky.
I do not sympathize with characters who cannot make up their minds; back and forth forth and back.