• By: Sofia Donato

Side by Side: a novel

By: Anita Kushwaha

275 pages

ISBN: 1771335459

The Story 

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. 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. 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.

The Author

Anita Kushwaha grew up in Aylmer Quebec and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Geography from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is also a graduate of the Creative Writing program at the Humber School for Writers. Kushwaha is the author of the novella, The Escape Artist, published in 2015. When not writing, Kushwaha can be found reading, baking or even running. Her favourite book is Wuthering Heights and she enjoys the outdoors. Anita Kushwaha currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


Published by Innana Publications and Education Inc., an independant feminist press company in Canada. They are committed to publishing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction about by and women to give new perspectives and enhance the lives of women around the world.

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