Six Metres of Pavement

Six Metres of Pavement

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.

Title:Six Metres of Pavement
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781554887675
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  • Nancy

    Cross-posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted I started reading this book on the eve of my 20th wedding anniversary. It was fun getting immersed in other people’s lives and problems rather t...

  • R K

    Ok so although I love this book, I still cringed when I read 2 50 year old falling in love and "getting it on". I know 50 is the new 30 but if we go by that logic then 20 is the new newborn which is w...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    I bought and started reading Farzana Doctor’s second novel Six Metres of Pavement with specific and high expectations: not only has it just been shortlisted for the 2012 Toronto Book award, it was n...

  • Faith Reidenbach

    I had hoped to recommend this novel to my lesbian fiction book group, but I can't. For one thing, it is glacially slow. For another, almost nothing happens that isn't described on the book's back cove...

  • Cory

    Have you ever found yourself out in public - on a bus or subway, at a park or in the waiting room of a doctors office - and you're watching strangers and wondering to yourself; what's their story? Wel...

  • Sil

    Six Metres of Pavement is a wonderful tale set in Toronto. You will root for the protagonists just like I did, and will hope that they can find what they need from themselves and each other. Farzana D...

  • Aban (Aby)

    I read about this book in the Globe and Mail and the subject matter sounded interesting: an (East) Indian man, living with the consequences of accidentally killing his baby daughter, finally finds him...

  • Pamela

    (view spoiler)[Now I remember... Super book, great ending."That October, Fatima brought home a Polaroid camera she found at a yard sale. Wanting to test it out, she made everyone pose for her, in vari...

  • Michael

    “Six Metres of Pavement” can be taken as a cautionary tale illuminating the reality that one moment of distraction can have a lifetime of consequences. At the same time, it asserts that a second c...

  • Ankur

    You must read this book. It was absolutely amazing. I loved all of the characters, and the story is one that is going to stay with me for a long time. So many quotable lines in this one, and bonus, it...