About Farzana Doctor

Farzana is an author of four novels: Stealing NasreenSix Metres of PavementAll Inclusive, and Seven, which was released in September 2020, and a poetry collection called You Still Look the Same, released in May 2022. Farzana was recently named one of CBC Books’ “100 Writers in Canada You Need To Know Now”. She is also an activist, part-time psychotherapist and amateur tarot card reader.

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From the publisher of Seven:

When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India in 2016, 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.

To learn more about Farzana’s other books, visit her website.


“Penetrating and subtle, Seven deftly explores loyalty in changing times… [An] immersive, absorbing portrait.”

Eden Robinson

“Explores with courage and storytelling finesse the harsh truths within the ideals of kinship and community.”

David Chariandy

“Visceral and emotional… a courageous feat.”

Quill & Quire (starred review)