Andrea Gunraj’s parents immigrated to Canada from Guyana. She is a community outreach worker living in Toronto, Ontario.
The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha
Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2009.
9th floor 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.