Gurjinder Basran Wins Ethel Wilson Fiction PrizeAuthor News Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Gujinder Basran’s novel Everything Was Goodbye, published by Mother Tongue Publishing, wins the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize Thursday, April 22nd, at the 27th annual BC Book Awards.
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
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