Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor

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Winner of the 2012 LAMBDA Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and of the 2011 Rainbow Awards

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter's tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.

But Ismail's story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents' home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.


About Farzana Doctor

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Farzana Doctor's first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala!Mehndi!Masti! People's Choice Award. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. She lives in Toronto.
Published February 17, 2011 by Dundurn. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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IBN Live

Ashton's story is a part of Fatima's & Ismail's stories, and you're never allowed to forget that it is these two, and Celia, who are the protagonists.

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Lambda Literary

But it’s Fatima who makes the well told love story really shine, with her youth, her faith in Ismail, her commitment to opening other people’s minds (I would happily read more and more dialogue between Fatima and Ismail, as she bandies about queer theory and radical politics, and he moves to ques...

Jun 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Six Metres of Pavement

This Magazine

As an Indian in a Portuguese neighbourhood, Ismail is a double immigrant, and the narrative marks the myriad ways Ismail experiences the city as insider-yet-chronic outsider.

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