SJ Sindu


Come join us as UNL alumna SJ Sindu reads from her new novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies!  Marriage of a Thousand Lies, her first novel, follows Lucky as she struggles to both explore her queer identity and keep her relationship to her conservative Tamil family (and thus, her cover marriage to a gay man) alive.
From the LA Review of Books:
"Sindu is a skilled writer, and this is a remarkable first novel. She created detailed, believable characters, wove a complex history for them, and left readers on a note of hope. Lucky’s courage to come out, and the openness with which the book ends suggests that the process is neither the end nor the beginning of her story, only the catalyst for a more honest way of living a less passive, more engaged life. One in which, perhaps, she can be inside her experiences, rather than viewing her body from a distance."
SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, won the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and was published by Split Lip Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her work has been published in Brevity, LitHub, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and other journals and anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Ringling College of Art and Design. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is her first novel.