'Brotherless Night' is a novel about the Sri Lankan Civil War : NPR's Book of the Day V.V. Ganeshananthan's new novel, Brotherless Night, dives into the Sri Lankan Civil War through the story of Sashi, a 16-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a doctor. As violence unfolds around her and her family, Sashi watches her goals – and personal stakes in the conflict – shift right before her eyes. In today's episode, Ganeshananthan speaks to Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes about the long-lasting impact of colonization in Sri Lanka and the importance of writing from a place of historical accuracy, even while fictionalizing her characters.

'Brotherless Night' examines the Sri Lankan Civil War through the eyes of one family

'Brotherless Night' examines the Sri Lankan Civil War through the eyes of one family

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V.V. Ganeshananthan's new novel, Brotherless Night, dives into the Sri Lankan Civil War through the story of Sashi, a 16-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a doctor. As violence unfolds around her and her family, Sashi watches her goals – and personal stakes in the conflict – shift right before her eyes. In today's episode, Ganeshananthan speaks to Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes about the long-lasting impact of colonization in Sri Lanka and the importance of writing from a place of historical accuracy, even while fictionalizing her characters.