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The Resource Everything was good-bye, Gurjinder Basran

Everything was good-bye, Gurjinder Basran

Label
Everything was good-bye
Title
Everything was good-bye
Statement of responsibility
Gurjinder Basran
Title variation
Everything was goodbye
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--P. [4] of cover
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Award
BC Book Prizes, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 2011.
Review
  • “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. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 01-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 9)
  • Basran’s raw, sad debut tells the story of Meena’s struggle between her desires and her Indian family’s traditions. In 1980s Vancouver, teenaged Meena, the youngest of six sisters, chafes against her widowed mother’s strictures, made worse by the fact that her older sister, Harj, ran away. When Meena starts hanging out with Liam, a white boy from school who shares her love for post-punk music and her outsider’s view of the world, she longs to give in to her deepening feelings for him, but she knows she can’t hurt her mother that badly. After Liam leaves Vancouver, breaking Meena’s heart, Meena enters into a loveless arranged marriage with spoiled “catch” Sunny Gill and begins a trance of unhappiness broken only when she runs into Liam at a party. With Sunny in India for six weeks, Meena and Liam tumble into a torrid affair that reopens the same questions about love and approval. When Meena’s choice becomes even more complicated, the odds of disaster rise, and Meena must finally find her inner strength. Basran writes with insight and humor, balancing the tragic bitterness of Meena’s struggle with an easy style that pulls the reader along. Agent: John Pearce, Westwood Creative Artists, Canada. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 3, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 49, p)
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384002
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Basran, Gurjinder
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
East Indians
Target audience
adult
Label
Everything was good-bye, Gurjinder Basran
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes reader's guide (p. 255-261)
  • "First published by Mother Tongue Publishing Limited, 2010; published in paperback by Penguin Canada, 2012; published in this edition, 2013"--T.p. verso
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
261 p.
Isbn
9780143186816
System control number
  • (OCoLC)798059795
  • (OCoLC)ocn798059795
Label
Everything was good-bye, Gurjinder Basran
Publication
Note
  • Includes reader's guide (p. 255-261)
  • "First published by Mother Tongue Publishing Limited, 2010; published in paperback by Penguin Canada, 2012; published in this edition, 2013"--T.p. verso
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
261 p.
Isbn
9780143186816
System control number
  • (OCoLC)798059795
  • (OCoLC)ocn798059795

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