So many friends write poems, chapters, novellas. I’ve decided my daily exercise for May will be to mention some exceptional authors I’ve read in the past few years. They are unlikely to be mentioned in online groups, where the same names come up over and over. Many of those authors deserve the shout-out, but so do other authors who venture beyond the happily ever afters in a variety of genres.
NOTE: Because I am an editor for Bywater Books, I will concentrate at first on authors who are self-published/independents or with other publishers. That said, Bywater’s authors are outstanding, and you should read them.
First up is a book I read for the Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction award. SJ Sindu won for her novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Here is the description of the novel (thank you, Philip Hooser):
“Lakshmi, the narrator of S J Sindu’s Marriage of a Thousand Lies, seems the very embodiment of “Intersectionality.” A Sri Lankan-American who goes by “Lucky,” she’s a lesbian in a heterosexual marriage to her gay best friend. She spools out relaxed, conversational prose that occasionally leaps into poetic imagery until Lucky’s intersections turn into crossroads, pulling her in opposite directions between a free and honest life and her conservative family’s expectations. As situations tighten around her, Lucky’s voice becomes denser, as if choking on the words that tell her story. It is a love story, but more than a love story. Sindhu tells a story about why we love, what it means to love, and how complex love can be told in a fascinating, fresh voice.”
This story is refreshingly different and is likely to linger long after you read the last page. Author website