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Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran
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Sep 17, 11

bookshelves: z2011, canadian
Recommended to Lorraine by: someone on Goodreads
Read from September 12 to 16, 2011

I haven't sat and read for long stretches at a time in a while, but I finished this one in under a week, almost the whole second half in one stretch. That speaks to my interest in the book more than my own words can.

I do admit to liking the first half of the book, particularly the first section when Meena is a teenager, the best. Those chapters highlight the struggle of second-generation immigrants, torn between two cultures, very well. Once Meena is married, the story is less "Indian immigrant" and more general life struggle (though of course still set in the Indian immigrant community which shapes the particulars).

As far as plot goes, there was some predictability in aspects. Where I think this author excels is her descriptions and diction. There is certainly a craft at work here.

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