Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What is V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, author of Love Marriage.

One novel from her entry:
Beloved by Toni Morrison—I read this many years ago and picked it up again when I was going through old books. I was thinking about what my former Iowa classmate Nam Le wrote about it on The Millions blog. I’ve been struck anew by how painful and simultaneously lovely this book is. How does one make a reading experience out of pain? How does beauty of style and language balance against raw and powerful content? How do the two work together? These are among the most basic questions we ask about writing—form and content—but it’s useful to think about them again in this framework. And I’m concerned with morality in my fiction, and obviously Beloved tackles that. I’m loving reading it again.[read on]
Among the praise for Ganeshananthan's Love Marriage:
"Ganeshananthan has created a slow-burning and beautifully written debut in Love Marriage. It is an evocative examination of Sri Lankan cultural mores, and the way one family is affected by love and war."
Financial Times

"Innovative….this is an ambitious family drama about an underreported part of the world, filled with well-shaded characters [and] gorgeous flourish…Buy it."
New York Magazine

"...Love Marriage is surprisingly feminine and fable-like in its inquiry into chilling moral choices... some lines are as evocative as forgotten tunes..."
Washington Post Book World
Read an excerpt from Love Marriage, and learn more about the book and author at V.V. Ganeshananthan's website.

Writers Read: V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan.

--Marshal Zeringue