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I Once Met You But You Were Dead

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WINNER OF THE 2016 TURNBUCKLE CHAPBOOK CONTEST

I Once Met You But You Were Dead is a hybrid chapbook of fiction and nonfiction that juxtaposes girlhood, womanhood, and cultural gender politics with war and violence.
Paperback, 39 pages
Published December 2016 by Split Lip Press
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Whitney Atkinson
I wish this was longer. It was gorgeous.

Sindu visited my class to speak about her experience growing up in Sri Lanka during the civil war, and we read 2 stories from this book that were amazing, and so I borrowed the rest of the book from my professor. I think every person should read it.

It discusses war, feminism, racism, classism, her relationship with a transgender man, and often blends these together to create a narrative of her life. I'm blown away by how much I loved this and I wish it we
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Lauren Dostal
This book will take you 30 minutes to read, and it will stick with you for a lifetime. A short collection of prose poetry and fragmented stories, this little chap packs in contemplations of gender, violence, heritage, immigration, memory, and so so so much more. Really marvelous in language and content. Highly recommended.
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Vivid imagery, powerful tales. I'm excited to read more from this author! ...more
Al Kratz
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It stings the back of your throat, something sweet on the top of your mouth, the underbelly of your tongue. Squint through the thick gray air, the yellow haze of safety glasses. This is gunpowder, invading your lungs, combusting into starchy smoke. This was not your idea."

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Allison Renner
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, moving flash fiction pieces that explore identity, history, family, and more. Definitely one to re-read.

Disclaimer: I am an Assistant Managing Editor for Split/Lip Press.
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SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora author of two novels, Marriage of a Thousand Lies and Blue-Skinned Gods, as well as the hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds a PhD in English from Florida State University, and teaches at the University of Toronto.

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