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Seven

Seven is a book by Farzana Doctor.

Farzana Doctor

When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, 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. (From Dundurn)

Seven is available in August 2020.

Farzana Doctor is a Canadian novelist and social worker. Her novels include All Inclusive and Six Metres of Pavement.

Interviews with Farzana Doctor

In this CBC Books video series, author Farzana Doctor on why it's a great time to be a writer from a racialized or Indigenous community. 2:00
Farzana Doctor talks about her new novel, a story of self-discovery set at a Mexican resort. 20:23

Other books by Farzana Doctor

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