Brotherless Night is a searing, gripping novel about a young Tamil woman living through the Sri Lankan civil war which has been championed as ‘blazingly brilliant’ by Celeste Ng, ‘beautiful, heart-breaking’ by Brit Bennett and ‘stunningly great’ by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Sixteen-year-old Sashi wants to become a doctor. But over the next decade, as a vicious civil war tears through her hometown of Jaffna, her dream takes her on a different path as she sees those around her, including her four beloved brothers and their friend, get swept up in violent political ideologies and their consequences. Desperate to act, she must ask herself: is it possible for anyone to move through life without doing harm?
‘it’s hard to remember that this rich and nuanced novel isn’t actually a memoir, so convincing is Sashi’s voice and so compelling her story’. – The Bookseller
'V.V. Ganeshananthan's novel Brotherless Night reveals the moral nuances of violence, ever belied by black-and-white terminology' New York Times
‘A remarkable unflinching novel that delicately, with surgical precision, exposes the deep wound at the heart of a long cruel war.’ Romesh Gunesekera, author of SUNCATCHER, REEF, MONKFISH MOON,
'A heartbreaking exploration of a family fractured by civil war. This beautiful, nuanced novel follows a young doctor caught within conflicting ideologies as she tries to save lives. I couldn't put this book down' BRIT BENNETT, bestselling author of THE VANISHING HALF
V. V. Ganeshananthan is the author of Love Marriage, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize in 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. BROTHERLESS NIGHT draws on 16 years of research into the Sri Lankan civil war. Since 2017, Ganeshananthan has co-hosted a podcast called FICTION/NON/FICTION with novelist Whitney Terrell, about the intersection of literature and the news, featuring writers like Marlon James, Madeline Miller and Jia Tolentino. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota.
Tahmima Anam is the author of A Golden Age, (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and be translated into 27 languages), The Good Muslim, The Bones of Grace and The Start Up Wife (longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize). She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award and has been named one of Granta’s best young British novelists. She was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she attended Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in London.