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ECW Press Spring 2022 Trade

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    For sale with exclusive rights in: CA US
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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Not yet available Expected Ship Date: Apr 19, 2022 On Sale Date: May 10, 2022 Carton Quantity: 1 $22.95 CAD
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Help! I’m Alive
A Novel
By (author): Gurjinder Basran

Imprint:

ECW Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781770416307

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
May 10, 2022
$22.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

240 pages
ECW Press
FICTION / Literary
Fiction: general and literary|Narrative theme: Coming of age|Relating to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) peoples
Vancouver
  • Short Description
When a teen dies, four people are left spinning, each trying to deal with their grief and face the dissatisfactions of their lives. Fresh, insightful, and propulsive, Help! I’m Alive sensitively and authentically explores the challenges of death … and of living on.

A powerfully emotional story of four people touched by a teen’s death, award-winning author Gurjinder Basran’s Help! I’m Alive is a clear-eyed exploration of meaningful connection in the modern era

After video footage of Jay’s death is shared on social media, a suburban Vancouver community is left to try to make sense of what happened to Jay and whether his death was an accident or a suicide.

Help! I’m Alive explores the aftermath through the eyes of four people all suddenly confronted with who they have been and how they should be in the wake of such loss. Jay’s former best friend, Ash, wonders what happened to their friendship and questions the relationships he has now; Winona, Jay’s troubled girlfriend struggles with guilt and abandonment; Anik, Ash’s older brother, is on a search for the meaning of life but hasn’t left his basement apartment in months; and Pavan, Ash and Anik’s mother, finds Jay’s death lays bare all her personal and maternal anxieties.

Unflinching but life-affirming, Help! I’m Alive is a Gen Z and Gen X coming-to-terms story about loneliness and connection, love and suffering, and the moments that bring us together and drive us apart.

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  • Help! I’m Alive is a Gen Z and Gen X coming-to-terms story about loneliness and connection, about the self and the other, about love and suffering and all the moments that bring us together and drive us apart.

  • Basran won the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her debut novel, Everything Was Goodbye, and the book was chosen as a Chatelaine Best Reads pick

  • “A realistic and emotional exploration of grief.” — Kirkus Reviews on Someone You Love Is Gone

  • Perfect for book clubs: book club guide available

  • A story about POC characters that isn’t about race: the author’s aim is to diversify diversity

  • A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy will go to Kids Help Phone



Audience



  • Fans of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (the book and the movie) and readers of Seven by Farzana Doctor


Gurjinder Basran is the award-winning author of two previous works of fiction. Her debut novel, Everything Was Goodbye, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and her work regularly appears on must-read lists. Basran studied at Simon Fraser Universities Writer’s Studio and lives with her family just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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