Everything Was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran

Everything was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran was a wonderful fiction novel about the immigrant experience.  Young Meena is a teenage Punjabi-Canadian  trying to find her everythingwasgoodbyeplace,  in her traditional family and in modern Canadian society in the early ’80s.  Loosely based on the author’s life, Meena is the youngest of six sisters raised by her traditional widowed  Indian mother, whose job in life is to “successfully” marry off her daughters. Clearly, Meena has a tough road in front of her while she tries to appease her controlling mother and maneuvering her way through normal teenage angst while  standing out as a misfit in Canadian culture.  Thankfully she finds a partner in crime in fellow misfit and love interest Liam.  Winner of the BC Book Prize, Basran has given us us another picture of the immigrant experience, which is always welcome.

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