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Author V.V. Ganeshananthan on her newest novel, 'Brotherless Night'

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"Brotherless Night" author V.V. Ganeshananhtan

The Sri Lankan Civil War beginning in the 1980s serves as the backdrop of V.V. Ganeshananthan’s newest novel, Brotherless Night.

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It follows 16-year-old Sashi and her family as they experience changes brought about by political unrest and violence, changes that alter the rest of their lives. Sashi aspires to be a doctor, following in her grandfather’s footsteps as a reproductive health care provider.

I recently spoke with V.V. Ganeshananthan about the importance of this care in militarized environments, how writing affects her teaching and vice versa, and much more. Here's our conversation.

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Brotherless Night by V.V. Ganeshananthan was published by Random House.

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