Someone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder BasranSomeone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder Basran

Someone You Love Is Gone

byGurjinder Basran

Paperback | August 29, 2017

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"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

Haunted by visions of her recently departed mother...

Simran is unable to move on. Grappling with the growing estrangement of her sister and daughter as well as the disintegration of her marriage, she wonders how her life has come to this. As the life she has carefully constructed unravels, she is forced to confront one of her most painful childhood memories--her parents sending her younger brother away from home.

Woven throughout are memories of Simran's mother as a young woman in 1960s India. Her world had seemed beautiful and full of hope then. But when an unexpected event occurs, the results will have repercussions for generations to come.

As the ghosts from the past clamour for attention, the only way to put them to rest may be for Simran to dig deeper into her family history and close the circle that was left open when her family was torn apart.

Lyrical and heartbreaking, Someone You Love Is Gone is a mesmerizing tale of enduring love and family ties that defy time and space, weaving together the past and present, crossing continents and spanning generations.
GURJINDER BASRAN's debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the Search for the Great BC Novel Contest in 2010 and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award in 2011. It was chosen as a Chatelaine Book Club pick in 2012.The author lives in Delta, British Columbia.
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Title:Someone You Love Is GoneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.8 × 0.7 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:073523342X

ISBN - 13:9780735233423

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's heartbreaking! I bought this last week, I decided to read it after I lost my grandfather. This book gives me strength to move on and not to grieve anymore. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully emotional! A tale of love, loss, and family Someone You Love is Gone by Gurjinder Basran is a highly emotional novel that delves deep into the psychology of grief, how it affects individuals, and how it affects those around them. The stages of grief are also explored, from shock to disbelief to anger and beyond. Flipping back and forth between past and present, Simran not only struggles to accept the loss of her mother, but also the buried secrets of her family's past. The book is an easy read and it definitely tugs on the heartstrings. There are several subplots that flip between different storylines and decades; a tragic love and romance, the love for siblings, and the disintegration of a marriage in addition to the loss of a beloved parent. There is also an exploration of reincarnation which I found fascinating. A beautifully written story about love, loss, and grief in all its many aspects and relationships. Very highly recommend. This book is destined to be a wonderful winner!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tragic yet beautiful story. "Someone you love is gone" is a tragic yet beautiful examination of love lost, unending grief and strength found in family when life is at its most difficult. Gurjinder Basran's novels looks at two generations of family who face their own tragedies respectively; one is the death of a mother, and the other is memories of a past lover and a relationship that never came to fruition due to tragic circumstances. Simran, the eldest daughter, of the Sandhu family is lost and is in the deep trenches of grief as she has a difficult time accepting her mother's death while also examining her relationship with her brother and why he had to leave the family many hears ago. To add, her relationship with her husband and daughter is extremely distant. Simultaneously. we get a look of Simran's mother, Amrita, when she discovers love for the first time but then looses it as soon as she realizes it. She is forced to start a life that she has no control over and this "new start" has long lasting implications. This books shows that secrets are never secrets and are eventually unearthed. Basran shows the power of family and that they are the people the best understand you even if that is not what you want.
Date published: 2017-08-20

Editorial Reviews

• "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 MagazinePraise 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