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.
Advance Praise for Someone You Love Is Gone:
“A beautiful, haunting story of one family, spanning generations and continents, as they face life’s inevitable losses, struggle with grief, and reach for redemption.”—Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son
“In this brave and beautifully written novel, Gurjinder Basran shines a light into the darkest corners of one family’s emotional inheritance. Grief has the power to remake us, and for Simran and her mother, Amrita, it proves truly transformative, blurring the lines between self and other, home and history—even life and death.”—Alissa York, author of Fauna and The Naturalist