Dimensions:8.3in x 5.8 x 0.7 in | 0.61 lb
Page Count:256 pages
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.
A Chatelaine’s Best Fall Reads pick
"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
“Someone You Love Is Gone proves Basran knows deeply the ways personal history is etched by time and events. . . . The desire to connect and belong underscores Basran’s fiction. Her characters reel from absence and grief, placing apparent success at risk in search of a sense of home. Rather than metaphysical, Someone You Love Is Gone broaches a life’s worth and the facets of self—parent, child, sibling, spouse—that compose families and individuals alike.” –David Chau, The Georgia Straight
“Someone You Love Is Gone . . . [serves] up characters with whom we can empathize, even when we recognize unappealing glimpses of our own neurosis staring back at us. The ability alone to weave this moral complexity into her stories makes Gurjinder Basran a novelist worth reading.” –Jagdeesh Mann, The Globe and Mail
"Someone You Love Is Gone is about loss, grief and the memories and secrets that can haunt a family for generations." –Fashion
"Someone You Love Is Gone is a touching, interesting look at a family's ups-and-downs and generational connections." –Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun
"Although epic in scope, Someone You Love Is Gone is economically and poetically written. It serves up a rich narrative with a cultural and generation-crossing protagonist supported by a cast of equally compelling characters." –Elizabeth Mitchell, Toronto Star
“A realistic and emotional exploration of grief.” –Kirkus Review
“Basran writes vividly about loss and how desperately families want to forget.” –NOW Magazine
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
"Thought-provoking and compelling ... Timely and engaging."--Winnipeg Free Press
"A tender novel about identity and the search for belonging that is both humorous and heartbreaking. In Meena, Basran has created a feisty, complicated and irrepresible heroine."--Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us
"Exceptional."--The Vancouver Sun
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