Basran, Gurjinder Everything Was Goodbye

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Everything Was Goodbye

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The youngest of six daughters raised by a widowed mother, Meena is a young Indo-Canadian woman struggling to find her place in the world. She knows that the freedom experienced by others is beyond her reach. But unlike her older sisters, Meena refuses to accept a life dictated by tradition. Against her mother’s wishes, she falls for a young man named Liam who asks her to run away with him. She must then make a painful choice—one that will lead to stunning and irrevocable consequences.

 

Heartbreaking and beautiful, Everything Was Good-bye is an unforgettable story about family, love, loss, and the struggle of living in two different cultural worlds.

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Gurjinder Basran’s debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the “Search for the Great B.C. Novel Contest” in 2010 and was awarded the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for the most outstanding work of fiction by a B.C. author. As a manuscript, Everything Was Good-bye was a semi finalist for Amazon.com’s 2008 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and earned her a place in The Vancouver Sun’s annual speculative arts and culture article “One’s to Watch.” Gurjinder studied creative writing at Simon Fraser University and the Banff Center for the Arts and currently lives in Delta, British Columbia, with her husband and two sons. 

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“I’d woken up one day with Bollywood breasts, curvy hips and long legs. My dreams realized were just the continuation of my mother’s nightmare.” Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Meena’s wry, dark, irreverent narrative about her coming-of-age in Vancouver’s Indo-Canadian community demands to be read aloud. At 18, Meena falls passionately in love with her radical white classmate, Liam (“The sun should have been in my eyes, but he had eclipsed everything”). But her widowed mother, in perpetual mourning, furious that her daughter has her head in books and is seen with a white boy, forces Meena into an arranged marriage. After four years, Meena is disgraced because there is no baby. But then Liam comes back. The mother is not demonized. She works two jobs, including cleaning motel rooms, and withstands fierce local prejudice. The complex drama of knowing someone by heart is universal. “It seemed that the longer I knew him, the less I knew of him, yet the closer I felt to him.” Fans of Jhumpa Lahiri will want to read this first novel. --Hazel Rochman

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