V. V. Ganeshananthan
|V. V. Ganeshananthan|
|Education||BA, Harvard College, 2002
M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2005
M.A., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2007
|Notable works||Love Marriage|
V.V. "Sugi" Ganeshananthan (born 1980) is a Sri Lankan American fiction writer, essayist, and journalist. Her work has appeared in many leading newspapers and journals, including Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post.
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.
She graduated from Harvard College in 2002, 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.
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. 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.
- Love Marriage (2008)
- "Hippocrates." Granta, Winter 2009.
- "Enter the Body." Himal Southasian, October/November 2009.
- "A Just Country." Esquire, May 7, 2008.
- "The Buzz Board." The Daily Beast. December 28, 2009.
- "Two Mr. Foxes, Two Views of Food." The Atlantic. December 14, 2009.
- "I Don’t Want To Fight (in conversation with Amitava Kumar)." Guernica." November 2009.
- "The Buzz Board." The Daily Beast. October 25, 2009.
- "Written in the Stars." The Washington Post. October 19, 2008.
- "The Buzz Board." The Daily Beast. July 28, 2009.
- "I Wrote a Story, Not the Whole Story." The Washington Post. July 13, 2008.
- "Whale Country." EGO Magazine. September 20, 2007.
- "The Big Picture." (Co-authored with James Fallows) The Atlantic Monthly. October 2004.
- "The outsider-geeks of the Dean campaign join forces with Al Gore, the most mainstream geek in American politics." The American Prospect. December 11, 2003.
- "The Late-Decision Program." The Atlantic Monthly. November 2003.
- "Home School." The American Prospect. September 22, 2003.
- "Retro Active: Bill Clinton can still work a crowd like no other Democrat -- which is both a good and bad thing." The American Prospect. September 16, 2003.
- Ranasinha, Ruvani (2016). Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation. Springer. p. 119. ISBN 9781137403056.
- "Biography". V.V. Ganeshananthan. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Cicatrix (23 April 2008). "Q&A with V.V. Ganeshananthan, author of "Love Marriage"". Sepia Mutiny. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Ganeshananthan, V.V. (13 July 2008). "I Wrote a Story, Not the Whole Story". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 May 2010.