V. V. "Sugi" Ganeshananthan (born 1980)[1] is an American fiction writer, essayist, and journalist of Ilankai Tamil descent. Her work has appeared in many leading newspapers and journals, including Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post.

V. V. Ganeshananthan
Born1980 (age 43–44)
EducationHarvard College (BA)
University of Iowa (MFA)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (MA)
Notable worksLove Marriage

Ganeshananthan is the author of Love Marriage, a novel set in Sri Lanka and North America, which was published by Random House in April 2008. Love Marriage was named one of The Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008 and appeared on the longlist for the Orange Prize. It was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.[2] Ganeshananthan also wrote Brotherless Night, which is set in the early years of the Sri Lankan civil war and was published by Penguin Random House in January 2023. Brotherless Night was also selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice book.[3]

Biography edit

Ganeshananthan graduated from Harvard College in 2002, where she served as managing editor of The Harvard Crimson, and later earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in 2005. In 2007, she earned another master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Bollinger Fellow specializing in arts and culture journalism.

She was the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan through 2014.[2] In 2015, she began teaching at the University of Minnesota.[2]

She is a past vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association and now serves on the board of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, as well as on the graduate board of The Harvard Crimson.

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Love Marriage edit

Ganeshananthan began Love Marriage as part of her senior thesis at Harvard University under the direction of Jamaica Kincaid. In a series of vignettes, Ganeshananthan's novel chronicles how Sri Lankan politics have affected and continue to affect a particular family.[4] Its narrator, Yalini, is a young woman born to Sri Lankan parents in New York on July 23, 1983—the same day as one of the most violent episodes in the Sri Lankan Civil War, Black July. The novel follows Yalini and her family from suburban America to Toronto, where they reunite with an uncle who has left Sri Lanka after a life of militancy with the Tamil Tigers.[5]

Brotherless Night edit

Ganeshananthan worked on Brotherless Night for nearly 20 years before its publication on January 3, 2023.[6] The novel follows sixteen-year-old Sashikala "Sashi" whose dream of becoming a doctor is disrupted when her four brothers are swept up by the early years of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Sashi begins work at a field hospital for the minority Tamil militants before she is convinced by a feminist Tamil medical school professor to join her dangerous journey documenting human rights violations.[7]

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  1. ^ Ranasinha, Ruvani (2016). Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation. Springer. p. 119. ISBN 9781137403056.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". V.V. Ganeshananthan. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  3. ^ Penguin Random House. "Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 3 March 2023.
  4. ^ Cicatrix (23 April 2008). "Q&A with V.V. Ganeshananthan, author of "Love Marriage"". Sepia Mutiny. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  5. ^ Ganeshananthan, V.V. (13 July 2008). "I Wrote a Story, Not the Whole Story". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  6. ^ Fiction Non Fiction (5 January 2023). "Brotherless Night & Friends: V.V. Ganeshananthan with Curtis Sittenfeld and Whitney Terrell on Editing A Work in Progress". Lithub. Retrieved 2 March 2023.
  7. ^ Penguin Random House. "Brotherless Night by V. V. Ganeshananthan". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2 March 2023.

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