From the depths of sorrow begins a journey of hope.
Note: This book is available in English and Chinese.
The dream of a life together is shattered when AD finds himself attending Mikee’s funeral. He is overcome with grief. But Mikee’s brief appearance in his life was not by chance; it was to trigger a spiritual awakening. With help from Mikee’s family and friends, AD sets about piecing together Mikee’s story. As he begins to discover life’s lessons through Mikee’s eyes, AD finds himself falling in love with an entire nation.
Imprint: Signal 8 Press
Publication date: May 23, 2012
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback (English only)
Page count: 280
ISBN: 978-988-15542-8-4 (Paperback) / 978-988-12195-1-0 (English) / 978-988-12195-5-8 (Chinese)
Price (paper): US$16.95 / HK$140
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle
Word count: 61,180 (English) / 76,900 (Chinese)
eISBN: 978-147-60374-2-4 (English on Amazon)
Price (e-book): US$4.99 (English) / US$2.99 (Chinese)
- Kindle version: Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.co.de (Ger), Amazon.co.jp (Japan)
- Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & iBooks) version: iTunes (US)
- Nook version: Barnes & Noble
- ePUB: Smashwords
- Paperback: Createspace, Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK), Amazon.de (Ger), Barnes & Noble, Book Depository
- “A deeply personal and beautifully crafted memoir.” – Peter Moss (author of The Singing Tree)
- “More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.” – Dale Bacar (Photographer)
- “This is not a love story. This is a story about life written in the most honest way. In so many ways we have forgotten about the essence of living and dying.” – Natalie Tong
- “This book was a touching tribute to a young man who was loved by so many.” – Kate Cornwell (author of A Face Within)
- Gay Star News
- “People always say love knows no boundaries. But it’s only after AD’s heartfelt words that we truly believe the emotion transcends the distance even between life and death.” – TimeOut Hong Kong
- “The love that lasts forever, despite meeting up in a short period of time, has brought them to another level of spiritual levitation.” – Jackson’s Doctrine
- “Flamboyance is balanced with emotional turmoil…” – Dim Sum Magazine
- “It is the story of a family’s strength in grief and the belief that the spirit of those who are beloved to us never truly leave us behind but are merely awaiting our arrival in the where that lies beyond.” – The Novel Approach
- “This is no fairy tale love at first sight, but the speed of its progression is astonishing and yet strangely it appears to evolve quite naturally.” – Damian Chu
- “This memoir was written like an outpouring of emotions into papers. It’s not perfect, sometime I wanted to tell AD, stop doing that, but that is the difference of memoirs and novels, memoir is life and it doesn’t have a carefully planned plot, and you cannot chance an event since you don’t like it.” – Elisa’s Reviews & Ramblings (short-listed for Rainbow Awards ~ Non-Fiction category)
- “If there is a writing cure to the process of loss, Das models it effectively here… The social import of Das’s work is particularly large: with so few memoirs detailing Asian queer relationships and even fewer still on this transnational scale, Always Forever stands as a pioneering publication.” – Asian American Literature Fans
- “Grief is messy and won’t be contained. You can try compartmentalizing it, but it will slop over the edges and splash on every surface until your life is soaked through. That’s what happens in Ansh Das’ memoir Always Forever, but Das also shows how things dry out and you learn to live with what you cannot control. ” – Jerry Wheeler
- “Always Forever has such a naked voice, that the reader cannot evade its personal demands.” – Nigel Collett and Tony Ed Lo on Fridae
- “As AD battled grief, he emerged as a new person and while this is not easy to read, we learn something about dealing with loss.” – Amos Lassen
- Radio Television Hong Kong – Kwok Talk
- Radio Television Hong Kong – Morning Brew
Donations HK$5370 from book sales have gone towards flood relief work in Manila. Here is a video of James Gannaban introducing the book at the Gift of Music (Himig Naming Handog) fundraiser at Hong Kong Brew House on 16 August 2012.
Ansh Das (better known as AD) is an IT nerd in the morning, an author by noon, an activist in the evening and a healer by night. That sequence may change a few times in any direction during the course of the day. He is from India and lives in Hong Kong.