Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. This week, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Everything Was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran. I came across a review on this book in a magazine and I've been looking forward to reading it ever since. Here's the summary from Chapters:
Raised by her widowed mother and the youngest of six daughters, Meena is a young Indo-Canadian woman struggling to find her place in the world. As a restless and headstrong teenager, she knows that the freedom experienced by her Canadian peers is beyond her reach. But unlike her older sisters, Meena refuses to accept a life that is defined by an arranged marriage. She befriends a young man named Liam, a social outcast and kindred spirit, who asks her to run away with him. As she weighs her decision carefully, she learns that she is too late-he has already left without a trace. Faced with increasing pressure from her family and her tight-knit community, Meena must confront the expectations placed on her, and with them, all the rippling consequences that follow.I'm super excited about this book because I am absolutely fascinated by the complexities of cultural assimilation and multiculturalism. As a Canadian, these are issues that are given a lot of air time in our "mosaic" of a country. I'm also really interested in learning more about Indian culture because of my upcoming trip to India (more on that later!). This sounds like a new twist on a Romeo and Juliet style tale, wrapped up in the political and social hot topic du jour. Can't wait to read it!