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Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Marriage of a Thousand Lies | SJ Sindu
34 posts | 26 read | 79 to read
Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance, to have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Luckys husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front, while each dates on the side. When Luckys grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her mothers home to act as caretaker and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend and first lover, Nisha. Nisha has agreed to an arranged marriage with a man she doesnt know, but finds herself attracted to her old friend. The attraction is mutual and Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And what does Lucky want, anyway? It doesnt always get better. To live openly means that Lucky would lose most of the community she was born intoa community she loves, an irreplaceable home. As Lucky, an outsider no matter what choices she makes, is pushed to the breaking point, Marriage of a Thousand Lies offers a moving exploration of friendship, family, and love, shot through with humor and loss.
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A look at a culture I am not familiar with. A gay woman and man marry to be accepted by their parents and community. Still, they face pressure and questions. The woman deals with the woman she loves getting married.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Pickpick

Lucky and her husband Kris are both gay, but married in order to appease their traditional Sri Lankan-American families. They each date on the side, which works just fine. Until it doesn‘t. Lucky wants more. She wants to be herself. This book wrangles with the dilemma that so many LGBT folks have to face. Do you come out if it means losing your family? What is the cost of freedom?

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shaynarae
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Pickpick

Despite not having the depth that I usually prefer in stories, this book swept me away; I loved reading it. The reader follows the main character‘s struggle between her homosexuality and familial Sri Lankan community in and around Boston, exploring the struggle of acceptance in a multitude of forms. While tackling big issues, it was a pretty light read. Your stormy beach day kind of book. #catsoflitsy

Burghbookaddict 😻😻😻 1y
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nycbookboi
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Pickpick

A marriage of convenience with a lesbian woman and her gay best friend in a religious Sri Lankan family begins to unravel as Lucky returns home to help take care of her grandmother where her ex lives, and her mother tries to control Lucky‘s life. The tension in this novel between Lucky, her family, her husband, and Nisha is something queer people are too familiar with, but the added racial tension will have you holding your breath.

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cocomass
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Mehso-so

Not sure how I feel about this one. On the one hand, I thought the writing was lovely. I‘ve focused on #pridereads this month and was pleased to read a story about queer South Asian folks. On the other, Lucky (the narrator) was the only fully formed character, except maybe the mother. I wasn‘t feeling the romances, didn‘t understand what motivated the characters, and found several plot points (see: runaway sister) superfluous. 3/5

❤️🧡❤️💚💙💜

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Andrea4
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Finished this #audiobook today and highly recommend it.
There is a lot of heart and pain in this story, and it doesn't come with a standard happy ending, so of course, I love it!

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Andrea4
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#audiowalk
Sidewalk message: all good things are wild and free 💜💙❤💛💚

Eggs So beautiful 😍 I want to be there 2y
Andrea4 @Eggs it is very idyllic! 2y
somebooksaround So beautiful! 2y
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Lupita.Reads
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Making #bookandbeer Litsy posts a thing! This one is brought to you by #MarriageofAThousandLies & #GoldenMoneyTriple brewed by @victorybeer. I came across it after @roxanegay74 provided her review on @goodreads. Not even two sentences into her review I said- I NEED TO READ IT! Don‘t miss out on reading this book. My only complaint is that I want more! More Lucky! More Nisha! More brown queer love!.

StephanieMarie I'm convinced! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Love the hashtag 2y
emilyhaldi This picture!!! 😍😍 2y
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Lupita.Reads @StephanieMarie it‘s really good! Don‘t take my word for it- take Roxane Gay‘s!!! 2y
Lupita.Reads @ephemeralwaltz ME TOO! 📚🍺 2y
Lupita.Reads @emilyhaldi 😘❤️😘 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Finished this novel today and I really, really fell for it ❤️. The story of a secretly gay Ski-Lankan woman struggling to accept her truest self and to being bound by family expectations and rules.

A stunning debut that provides compelling explorations on love, marriage, mothers + daughters, authenticity, obligations, and bravery. There are the stories that are written for us, and then there are the ones we write for ourselves.

Reggie There‘s this movie called Fire, made in India from the late 90‘s. It deals with this wife and her daughter in law falling in love with each other. Beautifully told with a mix of Hindu mythology thrown in, way before it‘s time, if you ever come across it, watch it. 2y
BooksForEmpathy @Reggie Thank you!!! I am going to look it up right now. 2y
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Johanna414
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This isn‘t something I normally would have picked up, but I loved it. I really felt for Lucky and despite having almost nothing in common with her, found her to be a very relatable character. Also, it made me cry a lot...

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Johanna414
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I had intended to take a warm bath with my book this evening, but Toby had other plans...
I picked this up at work solely because the cover is so pretty - literary fiction isn‘t my thing usually. I‘m really enjoying it though!

MarriedtoMrT It is a very pretty cover. It would be hard to resist! 2y
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Jabberwocky
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My book club is better than your book club. 📚👋🏻😍 #dogsoflitsy #catsoflitsy #bookclub

SkeletonKey True, hands down 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I have the same book club! 😍 2y
AmyG Why yes..it is! 2y
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Reviewsbylola Haha love it! 2y
Kaye How cute. Great photos 😁 2y
Aleksandra I need to join a book club like this! 2y
TheLibrarian Yes it is! 😂❤️😂 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
JSW Brilliant. 2y
Bookzombie Love this! 💗💗💗 2y
Jabberwocky @Kaye thanks! @Aleksandra we are accepting new members 😘 @JSW I‘m honestly wayyy too proud of myself on this one @Bookzombie ❤️❤️ 2y
ReadingRover Wow! You guys are really doing it! We have a really hard time focusing in my house. Especially the cat and the pigeon 😝 2y
Jabberwocky @ReadingRover okay not to be crazy but like I love pigeons so so much DO YOU HAVE A PIGEON 2y
ReadingRover @Jaberwocky 😂 I do! I‘m a wildlife rehabilitator & he‘s a white homing pigeon that I took in to rehab because he was exhausted except when he recovered I sent him outside he wouldn‘t leave. He stayed outside my condo for 8 months. Then when it got cold I felt bad and took him in. I tried to put him out again in the spring but he wasn‘t having any of it. He threw a fit! Now he lives inside. The dog & cat fear him 😝 2y
Jabberwocky @ReadingRover That is the best story ever!! Did he acquire a name? You should secondly tag me in a picture of him one day. I know it‘s silly but we don‘t really have pigeons in my city and I travel to LA last year and I think they might be one of my favourite animals 😅😍🐦 2y
ReadingRover @Jaberwocky hahaha!!! Omg that‘s hysterical! Here in NY most people think of them as pests. Meanwhile they‘re usually smart, sweet birds. Mine just happens to be a smart jerk who acts like an abusive husband. His name is Snowflake ❄️ 😂 2y
ReadingRover The best is that he‘s all white so he looks all angelic but he‘s pure evil! When he used to fly around outside all the seniors used to think he was a white dove sent from heaven!!! 😂 I would just giggle & be like “hehehe little do they know “🤪Then I‘d watch him go poop on all of their window sills 😝 🕊 2y
ReadingRover And omg wait! Hold on! You don‘t have pigeons in Canada? Hmmm so close but so far. Well Calgary is far but you know what I mean! Anyway you may not have pigeons but you have freakin awesome bears and moose and sooo many other animals I‘m so jealous of!!! 2y
ReadingRover I totally have not forgotten about posting a pic of Snowflake. But getting a pic of him staying still is tough 😆 Right now I‘m looking at him as I type & he‘s giving me the pigeon stink eye as he struts and coos! Email me and I can send you a video!!! Msa3179 at aol dot com 2y
Jabberwocky @ReadingRover HECK YEAH!! I will 100% be emailing in the morning!! 2y
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Jabberwocky
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I didn‘t get any books for Christmas this year, but luckily Santa ThriftBooks came through for me. #thriftbooks #christmas #bookhaul

Tamra That Santa is always so generous! 2y
Jabberwocky @Tamra And knows my taste so well! 2y
ThatNerdyBookwyrm Amelia is ❤️💙💚 2y
Jabberwocky @BookyBookwyrm Right?!? I came across Snakecharm in a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago and realized I NEEDED to reread and own them all. ThriftBooks to the rescue! 2y
ThatNerdyBookwyrm This one isn‘t my favorite series of hers. Den of Shadows though, is my life. Especially the first four books. I‘ve been reading her on and off for almost 20 years. 2y
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julesG
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Dear Cindy, your package arrived on Saturday, I've just fetched it from the post office.

Thank you so much! @Cinfhen

My son sends his thanks as well, he likes the chocolate. It kept him happy, while we were waiting at the opticians'.

Cinfhen Yay!enjoy 😘I haven‘t read the book, so let me know if it‘s any good😂 2y
julesG @Cinfhen Wait! What? You didn't read it? 2y
Cinfhen No! It was an impulse buy this summer at a library sale and after skimming the first few pages I decided it was probably not for me 2y
Cinfhen I fell for the cover 2y
julesG @Cinfhen Could have happened to me. I fall for covers, too. 2y
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RebelReader
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Fellow Litten @Cinfhen is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit by giving everyone a chance to receive a book she is culling from her #TBR pile. All you have to do is tag her and let her know which book is in your TBR pile that you will probably never read. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Cinfhen Thanks for the repost!! Hope you're having a wonderful day 💕 2y
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Cinfhen
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#NovemberByTheNumbers #23 letters in the title of this book that I own. I bought for $1 because the cover was so striking but realize now, I'm not really interested in reading this...so I'm doing an impromptu #BooksgivingGiveaway tag me below with a book you own but will probably never read...I'll pick a random winner tomorrow ...feel free to share/repost! Happy BooksGiving 💞📚💞📚💕📚

Jabberwocky @Cinfhen My partner owns the book tagged below and not only do I think the name is ridiculous but I am relatively sure she‘ll never, ever read it. 😆🍆 2y
Lola @Jaberwocky This book has been on my list forever 😂🙃 2y
julesG Just one book? I'll probably never read the copy of 2y
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Cinfhen I'm with @Lola it's totally peeked my curiosity @Jaberwocky 😂 2y
Cinfhen I like the cover but I'd probably pass on that one too @julesG 2y
Lola @julesG OMG, what is wrong with me? I love everyone‘s rejects! 😛 2y
julesG @Lola Nothing wrong with you. I have noticed I bought a bunch of books ages ago and now I don't want to read them (anymore). Happens. 2y
Suet624 Just never going to get to this one. 2y
PandaPanda I'm actually dying to read this one!!! I will most likely never read the tagged book that I got for 50c at the library. 2y
Cinfhen It's amazing how many times we fall for a library sale @PandaPanda @Suet624 2y
AmyG I got this at a book sale a year ago? I keep meaning to read it and then I pick up something else. 😳 (edited) 2y
RebelReader I got this one at my library's book sale last year for $1. I've heard mixed reviews and it's huge do not sure I'll ever really take the plunge. 2y
Cinfhen It‘s a chunky read but definitely worth the $1 @RebelReader and your book is meant to be good @AmyG 2y
MeganAnn I got The Nest as my BOTM selection last year and every time I look at it I think nope, not starting that one anytime soon. 👀 2y
Jadams1776 I got the tagged book for .99. It sounds good and I want to read it but I never do. 2y
Oryx I've had The Iliad for about 25 years. Probably never gonna read it. I managed the Odyssey, but not this one 2y
Bourriquet76 My husband's favorite book, for sure. I want to read it, but I do NOT like fantasy. I have tried for 21 years and still can't get past a chapter or two. 2y
mhillis I bought it at a used book store but will probably never read it 2y
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SarahSaysRead
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This was a short but powerful read, the kind with a lot of quiet aches.

#lgbtq #culture #comingout #SriLankanAmerican #litfic

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Buddys_Momma
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Pickpick

This book pulled my heart strings— well-told story about a young married couple —husband and wife are both gay—and how their marriage exists purely to satisfy the expectations of their Sri Lankan culture. The angst of Lucky and her husband Kris is absolutely heartbreaking and is felt throughout the story. Is satisfying the expectations of others ever worth not being true to yourself?

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Buddys_Momma
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Rainy, drizzly morning ✅

Current read ✅

Pumpkin Spice Latte ✅

Office cubicle ❎❎❎ 😩😩

Mdargusch Surely a good book and a PSL will ease your pain slightly. 👍🏼☕️ 2y
BookBabe Lol! You had me at the first 3! Still jealous about the latte! 😍😋 2y
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BookishFeminist
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Having some bright pink strawberry grapefruit iced tea to match my book. 🍓🍊🌺 I took the day off today to read and relax and start the month off on the right foot. Trying to finish this book today. It's moving quickly!

elkeo_TheBookDragon Perfect book + drink pairing photo! Those colors 💕#pairwith 💕 2y
wanderlustforwords It sounds great! I added it. 2y
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BookishFeminist
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Reading in our local rose garden before it gets too dark! It's beautiful outside tonight. 🌹

I love this book so far. It's equal parts fun and down to earth and serious all at once. You really feel like you're watching in on the main character's life and interactions with her family.

GatheringBooks lovely garden! 2y
Megabooks Nice!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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merelybookish
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Started listening to this today... wondering if maybe I should switch to print instead?

batsy I have the book and as usual I'm not sure when I'll get around to it. Is it not the best on audio? 2y
merelybookish @batsy I'm just not sure the writing is great...some cliches, some uninspired description...the kind of thing I pick up on more when I hear it read aloud. 2y
batsy @merelybookish Ah, ok 😬 2y
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BookishFeminist
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Trying to sneak some self care into another busy stressful day. I've been looking forward to this book for a while! It'll be nice to read alongside the darker short stories I'm reading. Also, this cover is GORGEOUS. 🍵

readinginthedark So is your mug! 😍 2y
BookishFeminist @readinginthedark Thank you!! It's one of my favorite mugs ♥️ 2y
Velvetfur I've just read the synopsis for that book and it sounds really good, are you enjoying it? That's a beautiful photo too, I agree about the mug as well as the book 😊 2y
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brownekr
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Sunday morning #queerbooks and breakfast on a cloudy day.

(It takes a certain queer book to introduce AN ENTIRE HOUSE OF RUGBY PLAYERS. 😉)

MrBook Nice! That looks yum! 😁👍🏻 2y
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Rachael_reads
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved this book!!

Lacythebookworm Great cover! 😍 2y
Rachael_reads @Lacythebookworm I agree....i love the cover!! 2y
Sassy_Steph Such a beautiful cover!! 2y
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shawnmooney
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A novel about a marriage between a closeted gay man and a closeted lesbian, both from very conservative Sri Lankan-American families? Count me in!

saresmoore Yes! 2y
batsy I so want to read this! 2y
shawnmooney @saresmoore @batsy Buddy read? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Just kidding. I accept my place in the Litsy Buddy Read Doghouse for the foreseeable future… 2y
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shawnmooney @saresmoore @batsy @Booksandcooks @BookishShelly @MicheleinPhilly @Angelala007 you guys all added this to your stacks from my post, so I wanted to draw your attention to my correction – it's not set in India at all, but rather concerns conservative Sri Lankan-American families - sorry for the confusion! 2y
batsy @shawnmooney Hahaha! Never! (I mean, never in the Buddy Read Doghouse, not never to a buddy read 😂) 2y
Angelala007 Well then! I don't want to read it now! ***removes book from stack*** 🤣 2y
shawnmooney @batsy 😍😂😍😂 @Angelala007 😘😂😘😂 2y
BookishShelly @shawnmooney 👍🏻Even better. It's rare for me to hear about books with Sri Lankan people. (edited) 2y
shawnmooney @BookishShelly In that case, I highly recommend 2y
BookishShelly @shawnmooney Thanks! I added that one too. 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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Early for a (friend) date means ya'll get a #booksandbrews post! This book is so amazing and so is my cherry wheat!

LeahBergen This sounds good! 2y
LeahBergen (Both of them 😉). 2y
RanaElizabeth @LeahBergen Both are! And even better together! 🍺📚 2y
batsy Ooh, I really want to read this! 2y
Smangela Yum! 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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It's the second Monday which means it's time for a pre-book club #booksandbrews post! Top: current read and bottom: discussion read. And a delicious blonde from a local brewery, Castle Danger.

EvieBee Mmmmm... 2y
shawnmooney I just ordered a print copy of "Marriage" online the other day after hearing @Liberty rave about it on All The Books and then seeing how pretty the cover was! 2y
RanaElizabeth @shawnmooney It is a gorgeous cover! 2y
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RanaElizabeth
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In today's #bookmail, we've got two #blameitonlitsy and one #blameitontwitter new reads. Particularly excited for the bottom, billed as a "complex intersction of race, sexuality, and nationality" about a Sri Lankan family.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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More #Riotgrams and #PrideMonth books! These #NumberTitles all have numbers in the title (duh) as well as LBQ women characters. The only one I've read yet is Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which was beautiful and sad and hopeful. I guess I better get on it! Has anyone else read any of these? #QueerBooks

Megabooks Station Eleven is amazing! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Grief is an impossible meal, so we cut it up into little pieces, dress it up in ritual, and take it like a pill."
#QueerBooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Catching a few last rays of the sun while reading this ARC and having more of my wine from the Okanagan! I'm pretty sure the already messy situation in this novel is going to get a whole lot messier. #QueerBooks

Reecaspieces Love the wine glass!! 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Just cleaned my apartment so am rewarding myself with wine from the Okanagan, popcorn, and a brand new ARC that I just got in the mail. It's about a marriage of convenience between a gay guy and a lesbian who are Sri Lankan-American. Can't wait to start it! #BookMail #QueerBooks

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