Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran

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THE YOUNGEST OF SIX daughters raised by a widowed mother, Meena is a young woman struggling to find her place in the world. Originally from India, her family still holds on to many old-world customs and traditions that seem stifling to a young North American woman. 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. Meena 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, and loss, and the struggle to live in two different cultural worlds.

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GURJINDER BASRAN'S debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was awarded the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
Published December 31, 2012 by Pintail. 272 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Some rebel and are expelled from the comfort and security of the community, others pay half-heartedly lip service and play the “obediency game” at a superficial level, yet, others submit and suffer quietly… Meena, watching her mother’s seemingly unending grief, but also her sisters’ marriages, is...

Oct 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Everything Was Good-bye

Seventeen-year-old Meena is the youngest of six daughters raised in a traditional Punjabi family. Her father died years ago, and her mother has shouldered the burden of supporting the family, imparting strong traditional values, and searching out appropriate arranged marriages for each daughter. ...

Dec 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Everything Was Good-bye

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