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Seven

Written by: Farzana Doctor
Narrated by: Farzana Doctor, Ellora Patnaik, Raoul Bhaneja
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When Sharifa and her husband travel to India, she expects her time will be spent researching her great-great grandfather, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. However, what she doesn’t expect is to be swept up in the story of his four wives, oddly excluded from her family history.

As Sharifa’s imagination is overtaken with these four women, she finds herself in the middle of another female-centered conflict - a conservative, religious ritual that has been going on for centuries. Khatna, or the act of female genital cutting, may be an age-old tradition, but women in India are now taking opposite sides, including Sharifa’s two favorite cousins.

As she tries to find a middle ground, Sharifa’s research excavates an unexpected truth, one that will force her to take a position in this rich novel about resistance and finding your way between cultural traditions and modern values.

©2020 Farzana Doctor (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

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Enjoyed it immensely. Serious topic. Vivid writing

Great narration! Loved the story line. A story about traditions, intergenerational trauma and families. Farzana weaves a strong, believable plot and draws us into the story of Abdul Ali and his descendants through the eyes of his great great grand daughter. East goes West goes East, this novel talks about the Bohra community in India, known for their business acumen and broadminded views generally, while sweeping under the carpet the abhorrent practice of FGM.

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Bold Novel

There is a lot of forshadowing, so it will be no suprise that this is about FGM (khatna) and the Bohra community from India. I had no idea about this in India, and the novel was shocking. There were times I had to wait a day before listening again, it was like listening to a slow moving catastophe, as Sharifa (first generation immigrant from India living in Manhatten) worked through her traumas, while on a family holiday in India.

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