Praise for Love Marriage

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.”

—The 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

“…at its best and simplest, Ganeshananthan can be profoundly moving. She captures the pain of exile poignantly.”

—The San Francisco Chronicle

“As if she were stringing a necklace of bright beads, the author relates the stories of Yalini’s Sri Lankan forebears in lapidary folkloric narratives…What she does here, she does quite affectingly.”

—The Boston Globe

“In spare, lyrical prose, V.V. Ganeshananthan’s debut novel tells the story of two Sri Lankan Tamil families over four generations who, despite civil war and displacement, are irrevocably joined by marriage and tradition….Powerful.”

—Ms. Magazine

“Poignant and authentic…. Insight gained into Toronto’s Tamil community is a welcome bonus in this gem of a book by a young writer who is sure to present more thought-provoking, entertaining prose in the future.”

—The Toronto Star

“The book is at times witty and always beautifully written.”

—The Irish Times

“Ganeshananthan focuses on the journey of one family, in the process painting a broader truth.”

—The Independent

“A complex, moving evocation of love and war — two ideas which overlap more often, and more dramatically, than we often care to recognize. Love Marriage is an impressive debut.”

—Daniel Alarcon, PEN/Hemingway finalist for War by Candlelight, author of Lost City Radio, one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists

“In her clear-eyed first novel, V.V. Ganeshananthan has given us a riveting picture of a Sri Lanka at odds with itself, both at home and abroad, and of the intersections of love and war that shape us all. A debut of incredible passion and wisdom.”

—Rebecca Johns, PEN/Hemingway finalist for Icebergs

Love Marriage is a beautiful first novel that explores the secrets of a country’s history and a family’s past. With tenderness and wisdom, V.V. Ganeshananthan presents a world both mysterious and familiar to readers. This intricately woven tale, with its universal themes of love and estrangement, presents an exciting new voice in American literature.”

—Yiyun Li, one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award,
the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award

Features and Reviews


Masala Canada (Radio Canada International)
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Los Angeles’ KFPK, 90.7 (Radio Intifada)
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BBC Tamil Service
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New York’s WBAI, 99.5 (Asia Pacific Forum)
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San Francisco’s KPFA, 94.1 (The Morning Show)
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New York’s WBAI, 99.5 (Asia Pacific Forum)
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SAJA Blogtalk Radio (Interview with Sree Sreenivasan)
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‘I wanted to write how war affects civil life’ (

Using Her Grey Matter (Metro, UK)

A novel that feels true (The Sunday Times Magazine, Sri Lanka)
A daughter of Tamil immigrants in USA, V.V. Ganeshananthan, discusses her maiden novel that has been long listed for the Orange Prize for fiction

Tamil ties that bind (Toronto Star)
Novel set partly in Scarborough, explores rich family stories told to young daughter

Using Her Grey Matter (Metro, UK)

Sister Double Happiness (Ultrabrown, contains YouTube clips of reading)

Confronting Truth, Even When it Hurts (
The author of Love Marriage, out in April, discusses how fact and imagination play into her writing.

Q&A with V.V. Ganeshananthan, author of “Love Marriage” (Sepia Mutiny)

India Inc. (The New York Observer)
A Bollypolitan elite is the newest creative class to kick into New York with art, fashion, literature

New Books by Stuart Taylor and Sugi Ganeshananthan (Washingtonian Magazine)

’02 Novelist: From Lowell House to Random House (The Harvard Crimson)
Former Crimson managing editor inks deal to publish two books of fiction


Greetings From Polysyllabia (The Washington Post)

Review (The Financial Times)

Voyaging beyond a Sri Lankan marriage (The Irish Times)

Sleeping with the enemy who isn’t one (The Independent, UK)

Review (San Francisco Chronicle)

Honest relationships in east-end Toronto (Toronto Star)

Is This Book Worth Getting? (New York Magazine)
A no-frills guide to five just-published first novels.

Tiger Burning Bright (Ms. Magazine (via

‘Love Marriage’ is a read best savored slowly (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Review (Boston Globe)

Vignettes of Sri Lanka (The Star, Malaysia)

Mixed ‘Marriage’ (Ultrabrown)

When Every Happy Plot Doesn’t End With a Marriage Knot (Sepia Mutiny review)

Girls in the shadow (Himal Southasian)

Insight into the wider, human, aspect of the Sri Lankan tragedy (Confluence)

Review (Waterstone’s Books Quarterly)

Tragic union (India Today)