I made the shortlist for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards!

I’m thrilled to be a finalist for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards. This city, and the Brockton Triangle in particular, inspired Six Metres of Pavement. It’s an honour to be on the shortlist.

What the judges said:

“Farzana Doctor’s poignant Six Metres of Pavement brings together three very different Torontonians – a recently widowed woman struggling to come to terms with her new identity; a young queer activist thrown out by her parents; and a man whose tragic mistake years ago cost him just about everything – and unites them in their loneliness. In the complex weaving of their journeys, Doctor skillfully captures an essential quality of contemporary Toronto: a city of geographic, cultural, and emotional communities in constant flux. But it is in these spaces between – some perhaps just six metres wide – that the characters find renewed hope for love and acceptance.”