Lucky is an unemployed millennial programmer. Her husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay, presenting their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front while dating on the side. When Lucky's grandmother falls, Lucky returns to her mother's home and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood friend and first lover, Nisha. When the two rekindle old romantic feelings, Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie and finds herself pushed to breaking point. A moving exploration of love and queerness.
Praise for Marriage of a Thousand Lies "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
SJ Sindu's writing has appeared in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Lambda Literary Review, VIDA, Black Girl Dangerous, and elsewhere. Her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, was the winner of the Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest, and is forthcoming in early 2017. She is currently a PhD candidate at Florida State University.