Reviews and Press

Awards

Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a finalist for 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

Video

Features

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

Essays

Reviews

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

Featured on NBC’s #RedefineAtoZ campaign

Interview with The Rumpus

Interview with Gaysi about Marriage of a Thousand Lies

Interview about Marriage of a Thousand Lies in Dig Boston

Interview in Apogee

Interview with The Normal School about Marriage of a Thousand Lies

Praise

“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

“Entertaining.”
The Toronto Star

“Enthralling . . . Sindu is a skilled writer, and this is a remarkable first novel.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“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.”
Houston Press

“[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.”
Tallahassee Democrat

“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.”
Ms. Magazine

“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a fascinating work.”
PASTE Magazine

“Sindu takes on the conflict between love of family and of oneself with clarity and laughs.”
NOW Magazine

“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.”
BookRiot

“SJ Sindu’s fine debut [is] a timely tale with themes of immigration, free will, identity, and personal choice.”
Booklist

“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.”
Autostraddle

“Marriage of a Thousand Lies is a deeply affecting work in many ways.”
The Aerogram

“A well-written debut . . . brings to light the layers of struggles that shape our decisions on how we choose to live our lives. ”
BookTrib

“A poignant, heart-warming love story.”
Youth Ki Awaaz