“He take my baby.” Terror burned through her. Neela rushed from room to room, the calm of sleep jolted from her eyes. The blood pulsed through her head. “How could I do this, how could I let dis happen?”
In this urgent opening to Andrea Gunraj’s debut novel, a lifetime of reckless decisions comes to the fore as Neela desperately confronts the incomprehensible—that Seetha, her beloved daughter, has been kidnapped.
As a girl, Neela tenaciously competed with her older brother Navi, a prodigy and the pride of their hometown Marasaw. Though Navi’s mathematical abilities were on constant display, Neela’s own talent—a willful magic of sorts—was less obvious, especially to her.
Navi’s academic promise takes him overseas, while Neela falls in love with the brutish Jaroon, who leads her to Eden, an eco-resort development in an oppressive rainforest. Both beautiful and corrupt, Eden forever divides the pair, but not before Seetha is born to them. When Jaroon’s thuggery escalates and threatens his new family, Neela flees with Seetha.
In doing so, Neela unknowingly heads into a treacherous future, but Navi holds the possibility of salvation. But will Navi risk his new life to bring Neela and Seetha back together?
A sweeping novel of love, rivalry, family, corruption and friendship, The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha confirms the arrival of a storyteller of formidable powers.
“This is certainly a novel to relish, and I’m sure—I hope—we will see much more of Gunraj in the future.” —The Globe & Mail
“Andrea Gunraj has written a sparkling...riveting, expertly told tale full of satisfying counterbalances and impeccable narrative timing. This is an exciting, memorable debut.” —Quill & Quire
“The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha announces the arrival of a wonderful storyteller. The dynamics of the relationship between Navi and Neela, a brother and a sister, and how their individual lives play out show that fate is unalterable depending on one’s social standing in life. Andrea Gunraj has written a book that once you pick up, you won’t be able to put down—a thrilling and excellent read.” —Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author of The Story of a Widow
Length: 300 pp
Publication Date: January 2009
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Andrea Gunraj is a community outreach worker on the issue of violence against women, youth, and children. Her parents immigrated from Guyana, a region whose culture and politics has infused Gunraj’s writing. She and her partner live in Toronto.
Andrea Gunraj’s website can be found at www.andreagunraj.com