Someone You Love Is Goneby Published 29 Aug 2017
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Grief is a creature of many faces as Simran discovers when her mother, the lynchpin of her family, dies. Faced with the disintegration of her marriage and her estrangement from her own daughter, she struggles to make sense of her world and how things have come to be. With her mother’s death, Simran is haunted by memories and questions for which she has no answers. As the life she has carefully constructed begins to unravel around her, she is forced to confront one of her most painful memories—her parents sending her younger brother away when they were children. As the past comes flooding back, she wonders what could compel her parents to turn their backs on their only son. Was it his strange obsession with collecting poetry on scraps of paper? Or the fact that he talked about having memories that couldn’t possibly be his? Could he be the reincarnation of her long-dead uncle? Even her mother, who had always been very protective of her son, agreed with her husband to send him away; a decision that would have lasting consequences. Now with her mother gone, Simran must face up to these disturbing memories, and perhaps finally put her ghosts to rest.
Someone You Love Is Gone Reviews
This book looks at grief in a multitude of ways. Not only does it focus on the actual moment of loss, it also depicts the stages and transitions one makes in the days that follow. It is a long and painful journey, and the reader feels every emotion that the main character does. As someone who has been fortunate enough to not have experienced the loss of a loved one, this was an eye-opening journey. There are so many nuances, so many elements to this state of being that I would never have thought possible. And the author allows each one to manifest itself and be understood by the reader. I really liked that the author flitted back in time and even delved into Simran's mother's past. This novel showed me the different ways people deal with grief, and how some accept and move on while others struggle to do so. This story is powerful even though it has a quiet voice, as it makes the reader aware of the strength it takes to carry grief in your heart and yet, continue to live life. I'm so glad that I had the chance to review this ARC and would recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking story.
I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This short little book surprised me. I knew right from the first few pages that I was reading something special. The language is lyrical and gorgeous. It's the kind of writing that makes you reread phrases over and over and even to write them down so you can come back to them and ponder them some more. The story seems quite straight forward, when the matriarch of a Canadian Sikh family, Amrita, dies her children come together to deal with the funeral and to spread her ashes. This is where things get complicated. The story alternates between the past with Amrita as a young girl in India, the more recent past with Amrita raising the three siblings, and the present after Amrita's death in which Simran the eldest child is our narrator. Amrita's youth is an especially tragic story and as it is revealed piece by piece we start to understand the family dynamic and dysfunction. There's a bit of a supernatural element with a (maybe) ghost and a very awkward instance of reincarnation. These are smaller elements of the story and the main focus is on grief in all its forms. It is quite a sad story overall but it's not in any way depressing. Even if you think that the plot doesn't sound like your cup of tea I recommend giving it a try anyway just for the incredible writing. You might be surprised by this book too!
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An honest and articulately crafted exploration of grief, disappointment, and the search for redemption.
Many thanks to Harper for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A beautifully written book where the mother-daughter relationship is central, but where a light is shone on other relationships: that of wife-husband, sister-brother, old lovers.
This book is an exploration of memory, a meditation on death and grief, and our attitude toward all those things. "No one says dead" writes Basran. I find it refreshing to see a novel where ideas about death and its lasting effect on a surviving individual are brought into focus. Someone you love is gone. Here we see that the 'someone you love' is not necessarily singular. And what exactly is 'gone?'
To go into the plot of this novel would be to spoil the effect of its unfolding heart, which reveals itself one segment at a time, like the opening petals of a flower.
When a dear friend of mine saw that I was reading this book, she sent me a note , "Sounds depressing. Do you really need to read this book?" I know she was looking out for me since the main character loses her mother and it has been less than a year since my mother died. I went ahead and read it anyway, maybe wanting to feel and share the grief even if it was with a character in a book. While the story is depressing in many ways, I wasn't depressed after reading it. If anything, I felt fortunate because all of memories that have become part of my grieving are good ones focusing on the happy times and remembering what a good woman my mother was. It's not the same for Simran. She is grieving her mother's death and feels isolated from her husband, her daughter and her siblings. As the story develops, it becomes evident that Simran is also grieving over her own life, over the changes in her relationships, over things that happened in the past. So she tries to come to terms with her failing marriage, that the closeness with her daughter seems to have diminished. The biggest thing that she has to cope with after her mother's death, is trying to understand why her parents sent her younger brother away. We come to know through flashbacks that Diwa suffered physical and mental issues and her father just couldn't accept it.
Her journey through grief is complex as the loss of her mother accentuates the other losses she feels, causing her to reflect on the people who are gone from her life in some way. I can't say that I connected with her as deeply as I thought I would. However, there are some poignant moments that touched me, especially when she and her siblings return to India, their mother's birthplace to scatter her ashes. All in in all, it's a well written and the biggest take away for me is people grieve in different ways.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Harper Perennial through Edelweiss.