Everything Was Good-bye

Gurjinder Basran's novel Everything Was Good-bye is the story of a young Indo-Canadian woman dealing with the cultural pressures she faces.

Gurjinder Basran

Everything Was Good-bye centres 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. (From Mother Tongue Publishing

Everything Was Good-bye won the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Search For the Great BC Novel Contest in 2010. 


Columnist Aparita Bhandari on the Canadian novel that makes a good companion read for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal.