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Brotherless Night
Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
A courageous young Sri Lankan woman tries to protect her dream of becoming a doctor in this heartbreaking exploration of a family fractured by civil war (Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half). An achingly moving portrait of a world full of turmoil, but one in which human connections and shared stories can teach us howand as importantly, whyto survive.Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere Jaffna, 1981. Sixteen-year-old Sashi wants to become a doctor. But over the next decade, a vicious civil war tears through her home, and her dream spins off course as she sees her four beloved brothers and their friend K swept up in the mounting violence. Desperate to act, Sashi accepts Ks invitation to work as a medic at a field hospital for the militant Tamil Tigers, who, following years of state discrimination and violence, are fighting for a separate homeland for Sri Lankas Tamil minority. But after the Tigers murder one of her teachers and Indian peacekeepers arrive only to commit further atrocities, Sashi begins to question where she stands. When one of her medical school professors, a Tamil feminist and dissident, invites her to join a secret project documenting human rights violations, she embarks on a dangerous path that will change her forever. Set during the early years of Sri Lankas three-decade civil war, Brotherless Night is a heartrending portrait of one womans moral journey and a testament to both the enduring impact of war and the bonds of home.
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Deblovestoread
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This book was 18 years in the making and it‘s obvious that the author put her heart and soul into it. The way war creeps in and disrupts, the way sides are chosen, how violence erupts, the way people try to maintain a normal existence when chaos is all around. I think this book is extraordinary. 5 🌟. Vying for the top spot on my Women‘s Prize short list.

jlhammar I‘ll be so sad if this doesn‘t make the shortlist. Wonderful review! 4h
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes, one of my top favorites of the list, might even make my favorite books of the year it was so well done. 3h
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Deblovestoread
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#MotivationalMonday

1) I have a whole week to myself with no set plans. I think this is a first since my kids were born.
2) This is Dahlia. My husband is her person. She will miss him and tolerate me.
3) I would like to fly and not anything small enough to be someone‘s dinner.
4) Finishing the tagged today.

Tagging everyone

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Cupcake12 Dahlia 🐾 Thanks for joining in. Have a great week x 31m
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charl08
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Who is going to come to save us?

BarbaraBB 💔 22h
charl08 @BarbaraBB very much 😭😭😭 8h
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Deblovestoread
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#WeekendReads

Will finish The Nun today and hopefully Brotherless Night tomorrow.

@rachelsbrittain

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charl08
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It was a daily brutality roulette.

Map (detail) from https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/sri_lanka_map.htm

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Lindy
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Sashi, a Tamil girl determined to be a doctor, is 16 when this novel opens in 1981 in northern Sri Lanka. Before long, she and everyone around her are in the midst of a civil war. Her searing voice makes this novel unputdownable and unforgettable.

Hooked_on_books LOVED this one! 3d
Lindy @Hooked_on_books I would be delighted to see this win the Carol Shields prize or the Women‘s Prize for Fiction. Or both! 3d
Hooked_on_books That would be great! I‘ve read 11 of the WP books so far and this is my number 1. 3d
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jlhammar I‘m so glad I read this book. I‘d love to see it advance to the WP shortlist. 1d
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Lindy
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When I returned from the clinic, I flung myself not into bed or back into my studies, but into those volumes. Their words drained the night of terror. In the Colombo refugee camp, I had longed for a book to remove me from reality. With every chapter I read now, I felt not removed but partially returned to a safety I had thought entirely lost. I tethered my interior life to the pages.

Suet624 Beautiful 💕💕 3d
Lindy @Suet624 It‘s a quote that booklovers can relate to. 😊 3d
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Lindy
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You must understand: there is no single day on which a war begins. The conflict will collect around you gradually, the way carrion birds assemble around the vulnerable, until there are so many predators that the object of their hunger is not even visible. You will not be able to see yourself in the gathering crowd of those who would kill you.

Suet624 Ouch 3d
Lindy @Suet624 the narrator‘s voice is outstanding 👍 3d
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charl08
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Please don't look for me. I looked for them everywhere. Of course I did. My brothers. And also Κ.

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Jas16
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For those of you reading the #womensprize long list, this ebook eis on sale in the US. If my library hold hadn‘t come in last night I would definitely be snagging it at that. price.

ChaoticMissAdventures This one has been my favorite so far! 5d
Tamra Thank you! 5d
charl08 Nice! 4d
Deblovestoread I‘m loving this so far at about 30%. 4d
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AnneCecilie
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This book - I how no words. This was amazing

It‘s the 80s and the Sri Lankan civil war. The Tamil Tigers is fighting for more freedom and independence. The men goes off to fight, but we follow a young girl, Sashi, who remains with her mother and younger brother, trying to live her life. This is war from a woman‘s point of view; how to get food, the insecurities as the military/ Tigers patrol the streets and bombs and the threats of rape.

Gissy Love that book♥️Sad, hard to read but beautifully written♥️♥️♥️ 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. A wonderful book indeed 2w
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Hooked_on_books
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From its gong of a first line all the way through to the end, this book grabbed me by the lapels and didn‘t let go. The MC looks back at her experiences across years during the Sri Lankan civil war as first the government and then the local militia terrorized civilians. This book will be on my best of the year list. A must read.

squirrelbrain I loved this one too. Top of my WP list so far, although I have Enter Ghost and In Defence still to read. 2w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I‘m only halfway through the list and this is my clear frontrunner. I‘m so disappointed this book didn‘t get a big marketing push here when it came out last year. It should have. I‘m so glad the women‘s prize has recognized it to lift its profile a bit. I haven‘t read either of the two books you have left yet. 2w
BarbaraBB It should definitely make the shortlist! 2w
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Hooked_on_books
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This is a quote from a Tamil character during the Sri Lankan civil war. But it sadly applies so broadly to people in many places.

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Hooked_on_books
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Wow, that‘s a heckuva first line!

marleed Yikes! 2w
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 15/24

I read two #womenprize books this week. The Maiden was enjoyable, the tagged book really good yet both can‘t compete to In Defence of the Act to me - my favorite so far. I then binge-read the Marrs chunkster, an engaging thriller, not his best though.

Suet624 I‘ve called around to bookstores and they don‘t seem to be able to get In Defence of the Act. 🥴. (I don‘t buy from Amazon.) 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
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I went in to this novel with zero knowledge of the Sri Lankan civil war and I came away having an idea of the human impact. It was a difficult one to spend time with, as there‘s much suffering. A particularly horrid scene involving a pregnant woman will stay with me. A difficult read.

Suet624 I realized recently that I've overdone it with these types of tough books. I'm taking a little break from them. 🌼 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Suet624 I can definitely relate to that! I immediately dove into several nonfiction and a fun graphic novel after this. It can be too much sometimes. 2w
Suet624 💕💕 2w
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2w
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AnneCecilie
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I recently sent a letter to a terrorist I used to know.

(What a first line)
#FirsrLineFridays

Smrloomis Whoa that first line…! 2w
AnneCecilie @Smrloomis I know, and it turned out to be someone unexpected too 2w
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BarbaraBB
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What a beatiful book. I loved the narrator‘s journey between the different points of view on the war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government and the people caught in between. She shows there is so much grey between black and white and I learned a lot. Besides that VV Ganeshananthan creates wonderful human characters, who she no doubt met and knew in real life. A great read. #Womenprize

BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 #ATY24 related to night 3w
Hooked_on_books My hold for this one just came in, so between you and Helen both loving it, I‘m excited to get started! @squirrelbrain 3w
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! Yes, it‘s my favourite on the list so far Holly. @Hooked_on_books 3w
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BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain It‘s my number 3, just below Act of Defence and Ordinary People! 3w
sarahbarnes Glad to see you recommend this one! 3w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 3w
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Gissy
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Last book completed during the month of March. I couldn‘t finish another book. Second book read from the Women‘s Prize Fiction long list.
A family saga during Sri Lanka war. So hard and sad. I searched for some information about this time and it was terrible, so many people died, so long this war lasted😢 💔
Beautifully written but hard to read. 4.5/5⭐️

BarbaraBB Great review. I am reading this now as well. 3w
Gissy @BarbaraBB Looking forward to read your reaction. I haven‘t read the other books in the long list and I don‘t know what judges are looking in those novels but I think this one pass to the short list. 3w
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BarbaraBB So far I think it deserves to be on the shortlist! 3w
Eggs 😿💔😣 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 3w
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jlhammar
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This is one heartbreaking read, but so well done. I found the intimate voice of the novel very moving and came away with a greater understanding of Sri Lanka‘s civil war. #WomensPrize

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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March Reads
#readingroundup

I read 5 of the #WomensPrize fiction long lists and 2 of the Nonfiction longlist

My #BookedInTime book Princes of Ireland was 775 pages so that slowed me down a bit.

I read 2 books for the #TransRightReadathon

My favorite read of the month is tagged.

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Gissy
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#ItTakesAllKinds Day 29 #BkMentionedInBk

In this book various books are mentioned one of them is The Castle by Kafka

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Lovely choice 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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charl08
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I recently sent a letter to a terrorist I used to know.

#FirstLine

ChaoticMissAdventures That opening line is just so perfect! I love the intrigue in it and how it sets up the book so well. 1mo
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Leniverse
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The first unequivocal pick for me from the #WomensPrize2024 #longlist
Read it and weep.
About the Sri Lankan civil war, but with a focus on family and moral dilemmas. The opening draws you in immediately, but then there is a long, slow build-up. It's worth it. The second half I could barely put the book down.
My favourite so far (but plenty to go).
#WomensPrize

BarbaraBB Great review! Looking forward to it 1mo
squirrelbrain My favourite so far too. 1mo
charl08 Just picked this up - looking forward to ir. 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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4.5 Stars

This had me captivated from the get go, and I was squeezing in reading at every moment I could find.

A very powerful family story. I was alive during the Sri Lankan civil war but am completely ignorant of it until now.

#wpfl24
#womensprizefiction.

ChaoticMissAdventures I loved how Ganeshananthan put us into impossible situations. No one is "good" and no one completely unlovable. People do horrendous things during war, and people do amazing things during war. Sashi was a perfectly drawn charcter - strong enough to make decisions and stick to them no matter others opinions, but also relalistic in her questioning of herself, and the situations she is in.

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ChaoticMissAdventures I thought the relationships were drawn with great balance - you can see how much she knows or doesn't know a person by how they are drawn in the story. We don't know the thoughts or motives of everyone, just as Sashi does not 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures My favorite from the long list so far. 1mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one. My favorite so far is 1mo
squirrelbrain This is my favourite so far too. 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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My favourite so far from the #womensprize long list. Set in Sri Lanka during the civil war, from the 1980s onwards, it follows 16 year old Sashi as she tries to train to be a doctor against a background of fear and violence.

Powerful and raw, this feels like non-fiction at times. So much so that I looked up whether the author had direct experience of the war and she hadn‘t.

The audio narration was also fantastic.

jlhammar Oh good, this is one of the handful I ordered to start with. Looking forward to it! 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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SLowly making my way through!
I read 3 of 16 last week.

Brotherless Night is by far my favorite of what I have read so far.

I am excited to see what this week holds, staring off with Hangman and then I think Nightbloom, because I am not so excited about that one and would like to get it done (I really enjoyed her first novel, but I think the topic of this one is not going to be for me)

squirrelbrain I‘ve read 5 now (2 of which I read before the announcement). I‘m also reading 2 others - and I‘m loving Brotherless Night too. 1mo
BarbaraBB I read three. I enjoyed Ordinary Human Failures a lot but this one I really LOVED: 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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What better time to try the vegan Sri Lankan restaurant in town, then to try it while reading this #womensprize book set in Sri Lanka?
Having a blackened pork stuffed Roti and a Sri Lankan iced coffee.

Itchyfeetreader This has been on my to find / read pile for a@while. Hope you enjoy 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Itchyfeetreader I am really enjoying it! Compulsively readable even though the topic is heavy. 1mo
charl08 Nice pairing! Looking forward to reading this one. And "compulsively readable" is exciting news. 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"I want you to understand: it does not matter if you cannot imagine the future. Still, relentless, it comes."

#womensprize
#WPFL24

BarbaraBB Is it good? 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @BarbaraBB very. This is my 3rd from the list and so far the most impressive. 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! That‘s encouraging 1mo
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AllDebooks
Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan

#NetGalleyGroup #NGGSummerSmashUp

V. V. Ganeshananthan writes a complex family saga during the Sri Lankan civil war in the 1980s. We bear witness through the eyes of Sashi, aged 16, as her family and her country are torn apart by war. This makes for a torturous coming-of-age for her, as she deals with her plans, education and growing up amid turmoil and violence in her community.

AllDebooks This is a profoundly moving work of fiction about real-life events, glossed over and forgotten (ignored) in the West. This is easily in the top 5 of my fiction reads for 2023. 7mo
KT1432 I chose this as a free Penguin rewards book! Glad to see you enjoyed it! 7mo
AllDebooks @KT1432 I really did. It's not a period of history I know much about, so triggered my curiosity to understand more. 7mo
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AllDebooks
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#NetgalleyGroup #NGGSummerSmashup

😅 How are you getting on with your #Netgalley reads? 😅

I've had a relapse and requested 4 new arcs and have a backlog of reviews to post. Hopefully, I will get to those this weekend.

I'm currently reading the tagged book, which is so good.

TheSpineView About halfway through my ARC. 10mo
Cazxxx I‘m actually doing quite well I haven‘t gone on NetGalley so I‘m not tempted to request any more before reading what I already have. I‘ve got 6 library books to get through right now so I‘m concentrating on them first ☺️ 10mo
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BookmarkTavern I‘ve read and reviewed two this month so far…. And got 3 new ones! 😂😂😂 10mo
bnp Goal 1: request 1 book - I requested and received 2. 10mo
bnp Goal 2: whittle my library books down to 10. I'm at 16 right now Goal 3: don't buy any books in June. Doing great on this one! 10mo
bnp @AllDebooks That does sound like an interesting read. Good luck with your reviews. 10mo
AllDebooks @bnp you see, now I want that one too 🙄 10mo
AllDebooks @ozma.of.oz lol 😆 10mo
AllDebooks @TheSpineView well done 👏 10mo
AllDebooks @Cazxxx wow I'm impressed with your self discipline. 👏 10mo
sebrittainclark I've finished all but 1 of my June ARCs. And I've gotten my ratio to 65% already (but the real trick will be keeping it there through July). 10mo
AllDebooks @sebrittainclark you're doing great 👏 10mo
LocalTXLibrarian I have three more ARCs to go! I also got approved for an ARC that releases later this month that I requested a few weeks back...will probably try to get to it sometime in July! 10mo
AllDebooks @LocalTXLibrarian that's great. Keep going 👏 10mo
Julsmarshall Ugh, not great-read 2, got 3 new ones. I‘m going the wrong direction! I‘m flying/traveling next week and I‘m only taking my e reader so I‘m hoping to knock a few out then. 10mo
bnp @Julsmarshall Good luck! 10mo
Librarybelle I have not started 🤦🏻‍♀️ I have a busy couple weeks in June so maybe I can start tackling my goals! 10mo
AllDebooks @Julsmarshall perfect time to chill and mood read x 10mo
AllDebooks @Librarybelle no pressure, it's meant to be enjoyable rather than another task. Hope you have some less busy days ahead x🤞 10mo
CloakNQuill I‘ve been so busy. Tried to get into one but ughh the characters are ruining the beautiful atmosphere. I‘m about 25% through another 🎉 10mo
AllDebooks @CloakNQuill bail, bail, bail. Life is too short x 10mo
CloakNQuill @AllDebooks at this point I think I have to. I just can‘t do it 10mo
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ashw21
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This incredible story is told through a young girl, who is 16 years old and she lives with her four brothers and her parents in Jaffna, Sr Lanka. She yearns to be a doctor but this is not easy as the war erupts and there are multiple displacements. The family suffers grief, loss and extreme adversity. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the politics of Sri Lanka, the plight of the Tamils and wants an authentic voice.

Itchyfeetreader This sounds like my kind of book. Stacking! Thanks 1y
ashw21 @Itchyfeetreader this book really resonated with me.. one of my best reads so far this year! I hope you like it too! 1y
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AlexGeorge
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This novel is an absolutely unmissable read. Gut-wrenching, humane, and beautifully written, it‘s a stunning story about war, and family, and the cost of loyalty.