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All Inclusive

A Mexican resort serves as the backdrop for unravelling of a family drama in Farzana Doctor's novel All Inclusive.

Farzana Doctor

What's it like when everyone's dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if "paradise" means endless paperwork, quotas to meet and entitled tourists. But it's not all bad: Ameera's pastime of choice is the swingers scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of having to see them again.

Despite Ameera's best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she's being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason why he abandoned her. (From Dundurn Press)

From the book

A DC8 droned above.

"Here they come," I announced. Friday was our departure arrival day. One sunburnt and grouchy group left for their northern homes, and another cohort, ecstatic and pale, touched down and took their place.

Roberto grabbed a plastic file box and gestured for me to sit beside him. I lowered myself onto the makeshift seat and wiped away a slick of perspiration from the creases behind my knees.

"Ameera, you hear about that tour rep getting fired over at Waves?" Roberto stroked his thin moustache.

"Nancy? Yeah, I'm still in shock." I hadn't known her well, but I'd gone clubbing with her and the other tour reps from our sister resorts a few times. She'd seemed all right to me.


From All Inclusive by Farzana Doctor ©2015. Published by Dundurn Press.

Interview

Farzana Doctor talks about her new novel, a story of self-discovery set at a Mexican resort. 20:23

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