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Seven

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.

Dundurn Group, 9781459746398, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2020



About the Author

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.