Andrea Gunraj

Andrea Gunraj’s parents immigrated to Canada from Guyana. She is a novelist and essayist living in Toronto, Ontario. She is working on a second novel, The Lost Sister, that will be published by Vagrant Press in 2019.


The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha

Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2009.
PS8613 .U58 S93 2009

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This [debut novel] begins in the first minutes following a mother’s discovery that her three-year-old daughter has been abducted. These early pages launch us into the mother’s story. Headstrong, defiant, and troubled, Neela navigates a bitter relationship with her genius brother, Navi, and her grandmother, and eventually escapes her stultifying village with the bad seed of the town to a new resort development in the heart of the Caribbean country’s rainforest. Jaroon soon comes to embody the corruption that festers in this alienating place. When Neela, now the young mother of Jaroon’s child, grows afraid of his unpredictable brutality and leaves him, she sets into motion a terrifying chain of events that changes all those who know them.


Andrea Gunraj personal website

Publisher Random House of Canada

Audio Interview with Michael Schellenberg from the website