Stealing Nasreen: A Novel

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Inanna Publications and Education, 2007 - Fiction - 222 pages
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Stealing Nasreen is a novel about the lives of three very different people, all of whom belong to the same small religious community. Set in Toronto with back story in Mumbai, Nasreen Batawala, an Indo-Canadian lesbian and burnt-out psychologist, becomes enmeshed in the lives of Shaffiq and Salma Paperwala, new immigrants from Mumbai. While working in the same Toronto hospital as Nasreen, Shaffiq develops a persistent and confusing fascination with Nasreen, causing him to bring home and hide things he "finds" in her office. Salma, his wife, discovers some of these hidden treasures and suspects that something is amiss. Unbeknownst to Shaffiq, Nasreen begins attending weekly Gujarati classes taught by Salma, who finds herself inexplicably attracted to her student. An impulsive kiss sets off a surprising course of events.

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Farzana Doctor is a queer South Asian writer in Toronto. Her fiction and poetry has been published in Siren Magazine, Trikone, Sightlines 7 Anthology and Aurat Durbar. She has had chapters published in edited books, co-written a manual for therapists, co-written plays and co-produced a documentary. She is employed as a social worker, educator and consultant.

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