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Brotherless Night: A Tale of Sri Lanka's Conflict

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Published on May 13, 2024

Winner of the prestigious Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, V.V. Ganeshananthan's novel Brotherless Night delves into the tumultuous backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war.

The Story

In 1981, we meet Sashi, a young woman with dreams of becoming a doctor. However, her aspirations are shattered as her family becomes entangled in the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers insurgent group.

Exploring Gray Areas

Ganeshananthan skillfully navigates the complexities of choice and coercion within militarized societies. Her characters compel readers to question how history is narrated, who it serves, and the truths it often omits.

The Carol Shields Prize

The Carol Shields Prize, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recognizes outstanding English-language writing by women and nonbinary authors. This year's winner receives an impressive $150,000, surpassing most literary awards.


Other notable works shortlisted for the prize include Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton, Daughter by Claudia Dey, Coleman Hill by Kim Coleman Foote, and A History of Burning by Janika Oza.

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