Six Metres of Pavement is the second novel written by Farzana Doctor, local writer, therapist and activist.
The story is about Ismail Boxwala, a South Asian man living in downtown west Toronto, who 20 years ago inadvertently caused the death of his young daughter after leaving her in the backseat of his car in her carseat on a hot summer day.
The reader is taken through his life, both present and past, in compassionate and thoughtful ways. He’s reminded of his monumental mistake every day in the judgmental eyes of some neighbours, as well as in his own community. But his biggest and harshest judgement comes from within. He’s a Muslim, he’s an alcoholic, he enjoys sex, he works at the City of Toronto as a bridge inspector. His life is closed, known, emotionally shut down and joyless.
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