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Someone You Love Is Gone

Written by: Gurjinder Basran
Narrated by: Laara Sadiq
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins

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Publisher's Summary

"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 best-selling 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.

©2018 Gurjinder Basran (P)2018 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"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 best-selling 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

"A realistic and emotional exploration of grief." (Kirkus Reviews)

 

"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)

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