Marriage Beyond Borders: Fact & Fiction

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: Charlottesville Pride Community Network

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Elizabeth Flock (The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai) and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies: A Novel) discuss their books and the intimate perspectives they provide on marriages: arranged, loving, truthful, and otherwise.

Why should you attend?

“Journalist Flock invites readers into the homes, lives, and marriages of three couples… living in Mumbai in this multifaceted portrait of love and marriage in modern India…. Flock approaches the histories, hopes, dreams, and disappointments of her middle- and upper-middle-class couples as a reporter, not a storyteller, and the book is better for it, steering clear of caricature and sentiment, and letting each of her subjects emerge in the details of his or her own circumstances…. Flock’s book also provides a vivid portrait of a nation in transition.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] perceptive, subtle, and provocative first novel. Sindu’s characters are all believably complicated and compassionately observed, and she anchors the central tension between individuality and ties to family in concrete scenes from Lucky’s life. The author’s quirky sense of humor and matter-of-fact take on a potentially fraught situation keep the tone of the novel deceptively light, resulting in a moving and memorable story. ”—Publishers Weekly