Press

Awards

Marriage of a Thousand Lies wins the Golden Crown Literary Society Goldie Award for Debut Fiction

Marriage of a Thousand Lies wins the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Marriage of a Thousand Lies wins Silver Medal at Independent Publisher Book Awards

Marriage of a Thousand Lies named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Marriage of a Thousand Lies named an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

Marriage of a Thousand Lies named a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Video

Features

Marriage of a Thousand Lies included in Roxane Gay’s Favorite Recent Reads for Amazon

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in LitHub’s 5 Great Books You May Have Missed in June

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Poets & Writers Notable Fiction Debuts:

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Book Riot’s Best Books of June

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Asian American Writer’s Workshop

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in NOW Magazine’s 6 Queer Books to Read This Summer

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Lambda Literary’s In June Spotlight

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Hollywood News Source’s Monthly Anticipated Reads for June

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Bustle’s Best Fiction Books of June

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Publisher’s Weekly Select Books with LGBTQ Themes for 2017

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in BookTrib’s Indulge in Books

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured alongside Anthony Horowitz and Sherman Alexie as Literati Bookstore’s 3 Hardcover Picks for June

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in Bustle’s 29 New Fiction Books To Read This Summer

Marriage of a Thousand Lies featured in 6 Books By South Asian Authors That Break Barriers and Question Norms

Articles

Audio

GET LIT radio show with Jamie Tennant

Chuski Pop Podcast Episode 37 on SoundCloud

Interview with The Offing about the chapbook and Marriage of a Thousand Lies

Reviews

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review by Gertrude Press

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review by Turnaround UK

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in The International Examiner

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Publisher’s Weekly

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Lambda Literary Review

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Dallas News

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Toronto Star

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Ms. Magazine

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in SCENE Magazine

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in PASTE Magazine

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Autostraddle

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in The Aerogram

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Los Angeles Review of Books

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in Chronic Bibliophilia

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review in BookTrib

Marriage of a Thousand Lies review at Book Nation by Jen

Interviews

Press Kit


SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, won the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and was published by Split Lip Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is her first novel, and will be released by Soho Press in June 2017.
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Title: Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Publisher: Soho Press
Release date: June 13, 2017
Cover: Click here to download a high res image of the novel cover

ISBN-10: 1616957905
ISBN-13: 978-1616957902
Hardcover: 288 pages

Lucky and her husband, Krishna, are gay. They present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative Sri Lankan–American families, while each dates on the side. It’s not ideal, but for Lucky, it seems to be working. She goes out dancing, she
drinks a bit, she makes ends meet by doing digital art on commission. But when Lucky’s grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her childhood home and unexpectedly reconnects with her former best friend and first lover, Nisha, who is preparing for her own arranged wedding with a man she’s never met.

As the connection between the two women is rekindled, Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And after a decade’s worth of lying, can Lucky break free of her own circumstances and build a new life? Is she willing to walk away from all that she values about her parents and community to live in a new truth? As Lucky—an outsider no matter what choices she makes—is pushed to the breaking point, Marriage of a Thousand Lies offers a vivid exploration of a life lived at a complex intersection of race, sexuality, and nationality. The result is a profoundly American debut novel shot through with humor and loss, a story of love, family, and the truths that define us all.

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Winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest

Title: I Once Met You But You Were Dead
Publisher: Split Lip Press
Release date: December 15, 2016
Cover: Click here to download a high res image of the chapbook cover

ISBN-10: 0990903591
ISBN-13: 978-0990903598

I Once Met You But You Were Dead is a hybrid chapbook of fiction and nonfiction that juxtaposes girlhood, womanhood, and cultural gender politics with war and violence.

Click the pictures to download a high resolution image. Or, use the images below for online purposes. Photo credit to Jessie Cohen and Ramsey Mathews.