2012 Top 5 Canada reads Choice in BC/Yukon
Winner of the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
Search For the Great BC Novel Contest
2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finalist
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.