Someone You Love Is Gone

Someone You Love Is Gone

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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.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Viking, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735233423
073523342X
Branch Call Number: FIC BASRA
Characteristics: 248 pages

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Oct 08, 2017

This successor to Basran's debut novel, "Everything was good-bye" is a well-written, profound novel. "Someone you love," as told by protagonist, Simran is a novel spanning four generations of one family. This family who lived in India and now try to make roots in Canada face all the tragedies of life. They learn to come to terms with grief and reach out for redemption. In the telling of this tale Basran expounds on some truths such as "Acceptance in therapy is like enlightenment in spirituality: virtually unattainable.: Simran's mother, Amrita, is a philosopher in her own right as when she says, "...sometimes forgetting is the only thing that gets you through this life." SImran's brother, Diwa, a special needs person is a poet and he comes out with deep thoughts such as "Holding on makes it hard to move on." This story shows us how ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.

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