CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Despite being published by a small press with limited distribution, Gurjinder’s debut novel won much critical acclaim and several awards. When Penguin acquired second format rights, Everything Was Good-bye garnered national recognition, becoming a Chatelaine book club pick.
ASCENDING STAR: CBC named Gurjinder as one of “Ten Canadian women writers you need to read” and the Vancouver Sun listed her as “One to Watch.” Someone You Love Is Gone is sure to cement her reputation as a rising literary star.
EXCEPTIONALLY PROMOTABLE: Gurjinder is a media savvy gem. An experienced interviewee, she’s articulate, poised, and attractive, and would be willing to do what it takes to promote her new novel.
AWARDS CONTENDER: Her new novel shares many award-winning characteristics that are attractive to juries—emotionally resonant themes such as family truths, straddling two cultures, and lost love—packaged in elegant and accessible prose.
UNIVERSAL APPEAL: This story has fantastic international selling potential with settings in both Canada and abroad. HarperCollins US has recently picked up rights.
Praise for Everything Was Good-bye:
“[T]he writing is vivid, full of crackling dialogue, and the plot is completely absorbing….Basran’s book reminds me of the work of the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Bengali American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, who also draws the outsider into the world of Indian immigrants to North America, vividly expressing their difficult adaptation….She is clearly on the same path as Lahiri, a writer on the first step to greatness.”—Toronto Star
“Basran’s writing is by turns elegant and poetic.”—Quill & Quire