Intelligent and profound

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The Dependents by Katharine Dion

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college.   They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle’s beach house.  When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was.  He has never been very close to his daughter Dary and now they seem even further apart.  He begins to doubt all of their relationships and a horrible suspicion begins to take root in his mind.  Things are further complicated when his daughter convinces him to hire a caretaker whom he’s drawn to.

The characters in this book quickly found a place in my heart.  This is a slow burning, deeply thought provoking, intelligently written book.  This author is a fearless one, ready to take on issues such as how well we know our loved ones, where does our happiness come from, how to deal with the loss of a loved one, how well we remember the past.   She uses great tact and caring in each sentence.   This author is a force to be reckoned with and I have great hopes for her future in the literary field with such an auspicious debut.

Most highly recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

A beautiful story of loss and family bonds

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Someone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder Basran

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

I loved this short, profound book about grieving and the bond of family. Simran is a wife and mother who has recently lost her mother.  While she’s struggling with her grief, she’s also struggling to make sense of her family’s past and her present life.  The author fluidly flows between several story and time lines.  There’s the story of a young Amrita, Simran’s mother, and Amrita’s tragic love for Pyara.  There’s the story of a young Simran and her brother Diwa and sister Jyoti and the mystery of why young Diwa is sent to live with his Aunt Bibi Jeet.  And there’s the present-day story of Simran and her disillusionment with her marriage to Raj.

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.