I’m so excited to be sharing the cover for my upcoming novel, Side by Side, with you at last! The official launch for the book is this fall and will be published by the dynamic and boundary-pushing Inanna Publications (website link below), who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.
It feels like a dream to finally see this book coming to life. I’ve been working on it for close to eight years now. I can’t imagine that any other book I write in the future will mean more to me, nor will any other book demand as much of me as Side by Side has. The word vulnerable comes to mind, as does hope.
What can I say, the artwork beautifully captures the close connection between the siblings in the book, Kavita and Sunil.
Here’s the book blurb:
Kavita Gupta is a woman in transition. When her troubled older brother, Sunil, disappears, she does everything in her power to find him, convinced that she can save him. Ten days later, the police arrive at her door to inform her that Sunil’s body has been found. Her world is devastated. She finds herself in crisis mode, trying to keep the pieces of her life from falling apart even more. As she tries to cope with her loss, the support system around her begins to unravel. Her parents’ uneasy marriage seems more precarious. Her health is failing as her unprocessed trauma develops into more sinister conditions. Her marriage suffers as her husband is unable to relate to her loss. She bears her burden alone, but after hitting her lowest point, she knows she needs to find a better way of coping. Desperate for connection, she reaches out to a bereavement group, where she meets Hawthorn, a free-spirited young man with whom she discovers a deep connection through pain. After being blindsided by a devastating marital betrayal, she wonders if a fresh start is possible in the wake of tragedy. Will she escape her problems and start over? Or will she face the challenges of rebuilding the life she already has? Side by Side is a story about loss, growth and the search for meaning in the wake of tragedy, illuminated through one woman’s journey from harm to care.
Inanna Publications: https://www.inanna.ca/index.php/catalog/side-side/
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more soon!
A :-) xo