Marriage of A Thousand Lies

Marriage of A Thousand Lies

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"Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance, to have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Lucky's husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front, while each dates on the side. When Lucky's grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her mother's home to act as caretaker and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend and first lover, Nisha. Nisha has agreed to an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't know, but finds herself attracted to her old friend. The attraction is mutual and Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And what does Lucky want, anyway? It doesn't always get better. To live openly means that Lucky would lose most of the community she was born into--a community she loves, an irreplaceable home. As Lucky, an outsider no matter what choices she makes, is pushed to the breaking point, Marriage of a Thousand Lies offers a moving exploration of friendship, family, and love, shot through with humor and loss"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781616957902
1616957905
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sindu
Characteristics: pages cm

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ArapahoeJohanna Jul 24, 2018

A young Sri Lanken American woman struggles to hold on to her family and her lesbian identity while her best friend- and sometimes lover- prepares to enter an arranged marriage. The cultural elements are where this book really shines; we get to bear witness to the religion, dancing, art, and cooking of the main character and her family. The love story is more heartache and drama than romance, and themes of loneliness and isolation run through every aspect of the novel. It's a bittersweet but ultimately hopeful story.

JCLGreggW Apr 25, 2017

This well-written debut by Sindu is absolutely worth a look. The daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants struggles to balance her life in a sham marriage to a gay man and the expectations of her conservative family with her true nature. Witty and engaging, this should delight a wide range of readers.

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