EVERYTHING WAS GOOD-BYE
Winner of the Search for the Great B.C. Novel Contest
Winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 2011
Chatelaine Magazine Book Club Selection 2012
Everything Was Good-bye centers around Meena, a young Indo Canadian woman growing up in the lower mainland of British Columbia and traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in a Punjabi community. Raised by her tradition bound widowed mother, Meena knows the freedoms of her Canadian peers can never be hers, but unlike her sisters, she is reluctant to submit to a life that is defined by a suitable marriage. Though a narrative moving between race and culture, it is ultimately a story of love, loss and self acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals.
"...a fascinating story, skillfully written, of a rebellious young woman's remarkable courage."
-Jack Hodgins, author of The Master of Happy Endings, Broken Ground, The Invention of The World
"...a brave book, and also a pleasure to read: emotionally engaging, sensuous, vibrant and beautifully observed."
-Kathy Page , author of The Find, Alphabet, The Story of My Face
"Basran's writing is by turns elegant and poetic..."
-Quill and Quire