Seven

September 5, 2020|
Seven by Farzana Doctor
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AN INDIGO BEST BOOK OF 2020
A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST INDEPENDENT READ FOR FALL 2020


"Be prepared for this novel to stay with you for a long time, especially its ending."-GLOBE AND MAIL
"[An] extraordinary book... packed with discovery and jarring emotional arcs."-TORONTO STAR
"Penetrating and subtle ... [An] immersive, absorbing portrait."-EDEN ROBINSON
"Explores with courage and storytelling finesse the harsh truths within the ideals of kinship and community." -DAVID CHARIANDY
"An urgent and passionate read." -VIVEK SHRAYA
"Visceral and emotional... a courageous feat."-QUILL & QUIRE (starred review)


A brave, soulfully written feminist novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between kinship and the fight against customs that harm us.

When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India in 2016, she thinks that she''s going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.

Sharifa''s trip coincides with a time of unrest within her insular and conservative religious community, and there is no escaping its politics. A group of feminists is speaking out against khatna, an age-old ritual they insist is female genital cutting. Sharifa''s two favourite cousins are on opposite sides of the debate and she seeks a middle ground. As the issue heats up, Sharifa discovers an unexpected truth and is forced to take a position.
Farzana Doctor is the author of Stealing Nasreen, All Inclusive, and Six Metres of Pavement, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. She lives in Toronto.
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Title:SevenFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:416 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inPublished:5 septembre 2020Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459746392

ISBN - 13:9781459746398

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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