A rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.
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.
PRAISE FOR SEVEN:
--"Penetrating and subtle, Seven deftly explores loyalty in changing times, what it means and what you give up to be a part of a community, a marriage, and friendships." -Eden Robinson, author of Trickster Drift.
--"A defiant and engrossing novel."-Sarah Schulman, author of Conflict is Not Abuse.
--"In her grand tradition, Farzana Doctor once again pushes us forward with nuanced, layered, inter-generational prose, to bring visibility to an important social issue. An urgent and passionate read."-Vivek Shraya, author of I'm Afraid of Men.
--"Farzana Doctor is a writer of extraordinary wit, generosity, and ethical commitment; and Seven explores with courage and storytelling finesse the harsh truths within the ideals of kinship and community."-David Chariandy, author of Brother.
--"Doctor weaves sensitivity and hope into a gripping narrative. A soulfully-written book about a vexed cultural issue." Masooma Ranalvi, Founder and India Lead, WeSpeakOut.org
TEACHERS AND ACADEMICS: Seven would be appropriate as a course text for a number of disciplines/topic areas, including Women/Gender Studies, Sexuality, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, South Asian Studies, Religious Studies and English. If you are interested in using my books as course texts, contact the publishers for a review copy. I may be available to come speak to your class.
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