Help! I'm Alive

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$17.95  $16.69
ECW Press
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5.53 X 8.48 X 0.56 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Gurjinder Basran is the award-winning author of two previous works of fiction. Her debut novel, Everything Was Goodbye, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and her work regularly appears on must-read lists. Basran studied at Simon Fraser Universities Writer's Studio and lives with her family just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Help! I'm Alive doesn't exploit the despair that can lead to suicide but instead asks its characters and readers to look at the ways they connect -- or don't -- in modern society ... Basran's insight, voice and deep character work make this an affecting read." -- Shelf Awareness
"A satisfying drama." -- Publishers Weekly
"Basran sensitively examines four characters with their own sets of psychological struggles, all of whom gradually and to a believable degree begin to move past them and open up, offering a hint of hope to the reader." -- Booklist
"Rather than exploiting suicide for character development, Basran opts to probe fractures in the oldest, closest relationships and the beautiful fragility of new ones. Each character is distinct, drawn with such detail that readers will find it easy to empathize with them. Help! I'm Alive is a masterful examination of what it means to be human, to hope and to connect." -- Shelf Awareness
"Gurjinder Basran brings a laser-focused intensity to the interactions and concerns of alienated teens, the cruelties and generosities of friendship, intimacy and family, the 'small interventions' that make life bearable. 'When we're the luckiest we don't even know it's happening, ' she writes. By the end of Help! I'm Alive, though, that is no longer true; having come through a terrible ordeal, these flawed but compelling characters have found the grace notes to guide them onward in their journey." -- Rachel Rose, author of The Octopus Has Three Hearts