Six Metres of Pavement (Paperback)
" 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 the Author
Farzana Doctor is the author of "Stealing Nasreen" and "Six Metres of Pavement", which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana is one of CBC Books Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now and the recipient of the Writers Trust of Canada s Dayne Ogilvie Grant. She co-curates the Brockton Writers Series and lives in Toronto.
In the end, you're hoping there's a happy ending here, and even though you might not have anticipated it, there is an ending I'm betting you will like.”