Stealing Nasreen cover imageMy first novel:

DISTRIBUTION in the US and Canada.

Also available through Rupa in India.

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TEACHERS AND ACADEMICS: Stealing Nasreen has been used as a course text by a number of disciplines, including Women’s Studies, Social Work, Sociology, 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.

Stealing Nasreen has a GLOSSARY.Cover image, Stealing Nasreen- Rupa edition)



Jim Bartley’s Globe and Mail review: “Farzana Doctor’s first novel offers a study in linked solitudes and secrets. Shaffiq Paperwala is an educated young man from India who, lacking a Canadian degree, is relegated to janitorial work in a Toronto psychiatric hospital. Nasreen Bastawala, a psychologist in the hospital, encounters him at the end of each work day as he begins his shift…What has stayed with me are the unerring interior dramas: Shaffiq despairing for his family’s future; Nasreen, in a trance of sadness, hovering near the edge of a subway platform; Salma thinking with sweet regret of Raj, her lost Mumbai lover.” August 11, 2007. more

Susan G. Cole’s NOW review:”There’s an awful lot going on in Farzana Doctor’s fascinating first novel, Stealing Nasreen. Touching on themes of grief, desire and assimilation, Doctor lays out an ambitious array of characters and dilemmas and, for the most part, pulls them together with admirable skill…A terrific touch comes via an erotically tinged painting of a rani and her servant that hangs in their home. The rani’s expression seems to change depending on whether she’s expressing amusement or disdain for the secrets the two must conceal…you can tell from reading Stealing Nasreen that the author knows a lot about life. This unique contribution to CanLit probes the problems and joys of creating an open, diverse society.” NOW | JUNE 7 – 13, 2007 | VOL. 26 NO. 40 more

Tara Lee’s Quill and Quire Review:”The process of leaving one’s country and finding a sense of belonging in another is often rife with uncertainty and turmoil. What makes Stealing Nasreen such a riveting read is the way it takes this uncertainty and makes it even more complex by adding sexuality and desire to the angst-filled immigrant experience. Stealing Nasreen reveals the intricacies of human relationships, but more importantly, it is an eye-opening critique of the multicultural dream. The Paperwalas exist apart from a mainstream society that sees them as anonymous Indian immigrants. These characters challenge anonymity as they work through their own unique needs and wants… In the end, these characters discover that belonging is a continuous and maddening act of reaching for the elusive.” July, 2007. more

Mridula Nath Cahkraborty’s Herizon’s review: “Verdict: This is a lovely piece of work, comely in its appeal, confident in its address. It’s a work of love and longing and loss, and also of reconciliation and rejuvenation. In a voice that is completely assured of itself, Farzana Doctor weaves a tale of new and old immigrants in the impersonal and impervious megapolis that is Toronto.” Sept. 22, 2008. more

Jodi Lungren’s Canadian Literature review: “Stealing Nasreen creates an extraordinary degree of intimacy by juxtaposing sensory detail—“the air holds memories of thousands of meals cooked here, hints of cumin mixed expertly with tumeric, coriander, and chili”—with the probing self-reflections of the central characters” October 2008 more