Audible Editor Reviews
Farzana Doctor's moving novel about second chances and redemption examines the life of Ismail Boxwala 20 years after he left his young daughter in the back seat of his car, accidentally causing her death. Six Metres of Pavement was named a Top Ten Book of 2011 by NOW Magazine, won both Rainbow and Lambda Literary Awards, and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award.
David George performs this audiobook with an intimate familiarity for its multicultural setting of Toronto. His voice lends insight to diverse representations of sexual and cultural identities. In addition, having lived in England, Canada, and the United States, he effortlessly replicates numerous accents and dialects.
Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter's tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.
But Ismail's story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents' home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia.
Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.