Roxane's Reviews > Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Mar 24, 2018
What a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel. A lesbian woman is in a marriage of convenience with her gay best friend, trying to live a lie, trying to do what her community wants her to do, while loving her best friend who loves her back but is also willing to live a lie. Lucky's story is wrought and intense. She is at times, infuriating. But how she tries to free herself from a life of lies is an incredibly compelling tale. There is so much tension that the novel feels like it is closing in on you. The more Lucky wants to be free of the expectations of others, the tighter and denser the prose becomes. At times, I found myself literally holding my breath. And there are some moments of description that are simply outstanding. For example, when describing a man: "He looks filled up with air, his smile stiff and small as if a bigger one would deflate him." And then this lovely, subtle moment where you can see clearly who is welcome to be family and who is not when a woman drinks tea with her ex-husband and his new wife: "They get tea in delicate flower-printed teacups, which Amma reserves for guests who aren’t family." I do think Lucky's relationship with her husband could have been more fully developed but this is such a rich novel that asks the question: do you have the strength and the courage to be who you are and to be loved as you are?
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March 24, 2018 – Shelved
March 24, 2018 – Finished Reading