Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning 20 years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughterís 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 Ismailís story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parentsí home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who, at the age of 50, finds herself widowed and broke. 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.
Six Metres of Pavement is a vivid work that explores loss, regret, and redemption from a gifted author who isnít afraid to take her readers deep into her charactersí interior worlds.
Farzana Doctorís first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala!Mehndi!Masti! Peopleís Choice Award. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. She lives in Toronto.