Graduate Studies


Date of this Version

Spring 4-19-2012


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Judith Slater. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Sinduja Sathiyaseelan


Lucky, the 27-year-old daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, lies about everything. She lies about her Grandmother’s failing mental state. She lies about her estranged sister who eloped when she was young. She lies about her relationship with Nisha, her newly engaged cousin. While her mother entertains visions of grandchildren, Lucky secretly goes on dates with women—spurred on and arranged by her husband in a marriage of convenience—and dreams of continuing her dancing career. She starts developing an intimate relationship with Nisha, and dancing in a drag troupe.

Between Lucky’s husband Kris, who is determined to live vicariously through her, and her micromanaging mother, Lucky finds herself trapped by the net of lies she has spun around her life. In the hurried timeline of Nisha’s fast-approaching wedding, Lucky finally starts to extricate herself from the fiction of her life.