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The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha

The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha

(2009)
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Andrea Gunraj makes an extremely confident and accomplished debut with her sweeping novel of love, rivalry, family, corruption, magic and friendship. This is the start of a dazzling career.

This incredible story 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.

Excerpt:
'Contestant, what is seventeen hundred and thirty-six by forty-eight plus ninety-three?' Neela looked at the unsteady, panic-stricken girl on the podium and found herself thinking that perhaps this tall girl was the right child to win. You can get it, you can get dis answer, girl, she thought to herself, on an impulse.

The girl scratched the back of her neck, making her hat's front rim bob up and down at the audience. Don't worry, Neela silently consoled, think about de numbers, don't worry with anybody else.

The girl opened her mouth but then snapped it shut. 'Please answer de question, contestant,' the judge instructed unsympathetically. I know you can get it, girl, you might be the winner! She opened her eyes wide with knowledge. Yes! You get it now!

'De answer is eighty-three thousand, four hundred and twenty-one, Honourable Judges.'

'Very good, contestant. You may take your seat.'

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha
Author(s): Andrea Gunraj
ISBN: 0-307-39697-5 / 978-0-307-39697-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha
Author(s): Andrea Gunraj
ISBN: 0-307-39698-3 / 978-0-307-39698-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha
Author(s): Andrea Gunraj
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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