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Someone You Love Is Gone: A Novel Paperback – November 7, 2017
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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)
From the Back Cover
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 tragedy occurs, the results will have repercussions for generations to come.
As the ghosts from the past clamor 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.
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Flipping back and forth between past and present, Simran not only struggles to accept the loss of her mother, but also the buried secrets of her family's past. The book is an easy read and it definitely tugs on the heartstrings. There are several subplots that flip between different storylines and decades; a tragic love and romance, the love for siblings, and the disintegration of a marriage in addition to the loss of a beloved parent. There is also an exploration of reincarnation which I found fascinating.
A beautifully written story about love, loss, and grief in all its many aspects and relationships. Very highly recommend. This book is destined to be a wonderful winner!
This book was compared to the work of Jhumpa Lahiri, which is what brought it to my attention as I’m a huge fan of Lahiri’s books. Jhumpa Lahiri is a Pulitzer Prize winner so that’s quite a comparison to make. I feel the comparison is a just one. I’m confused as to why the publisher is only releasing a paperback and Kindle edition of this magnificent book. I think it deserves better and I hope they decide to also release it in hardcover. The author is very talented and has written a book that takes an in-depth look into the heart and soul of a family, their loves, desires and fears and deep bond with each other. She also touches on reincarnation and the thin line between life and death.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It is due to be released in November, 2017. I now will have to get my hands on the author’s first book, “Everything Was Good-Bye”.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am under no obligation to write a review.
At first glance, the book appears to be about Simran coping with her mother's death but at the heart it is really about relationships. Simran's relationships with her husband, daughter, siblings, parents, etc. are all fully explored in this book as well as the relationships of Simran's mother. While Simran and her siblings were raised in Canada, their parents grew up in India and that adds to their difficulties understanding one another.
While family relationships might not be a brand new topic to explore in fiction, this book manages to feel fresh and not quite like anything I have read before. The characters and their feelings and motivations really come to life. The book is quite touching at times and I would definitely be interested in reading future novels by the author.
I received a free ARC of this book and that is my honest review.