Farzana Doctor



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"...excruciatingly honest...refreshingly genuine."
Globe & Mail

"...moving... a realistic portrayal of suffering and a paean to second chances."
Publishers Weekly







Dundurn Press World 2011

Six Metres of Pavement

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, his guilt erodes his interest in life. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers leave him feeling increasingly alone.

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, at the age of fifty, finds herself widowed and broke.

A slow simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each woman makes complicated demands on him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

Six Metres of Pavement is a vivid work that explores loss, regret and redemption, from a gifted author who is not afraid to take her readers deep into her characters’ interior worlds.

Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. In addition to novels, Doctor has 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. www.farzanadoctor.com