Six Metres of Pavement

Six Metres of Pavement

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 befriend Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in...

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Title:Six Metres of Pavement
Author:Farzana Doctor
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1554887674
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Six Metres of Pavement Reviews

  • Jennifer Fosket
    Aug 18, 2012
    Good read. Slow at first but I got drawn into the characters and rooted for their lives and chosen families to work out. ...
  • Nancy
    May 10, 2015
    Cross-posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted I started reading this book on the eve of my 20th wedding anniversary. It was fun getting immersed in other people?s lives and problems rather than spending time pondering whether human beings are meant to spend more than 20 y...
  • Sil
    Apr 13, 2011
    Six Metres of Pavement is a wonderful tale set in Toronto. You will root for the protagonists just like I did, and will hope that they can find what they need from themselves and each other. Farzana Doctor skillfully writes a very tender story of finally getting out of an unimaginable ...
  • Angel
    Apr 09, 2013
    I thoroughly enjoyed this tender glimpse into the lives of people who, by the end of the book, felt entirely real to me. Doctor has a gentle, kind touch while rendering what begins as a completely heart-breaking story. I was rooting for Ismail, Celia and Fatima, and though I found the ...
  • Zak Greant
    Sep 03, 2012
    I very much enjoyed Six Metres of Pavement, reading it at first in little bites on the tram to work, then staying up too late one night to hungrily wolf down the last few hundred pages. I'm looking forward to going back and reading this little gem of a book again. What I most enjoye...
  • Faith Reidenbach
    Aug 03, 2012
    I had hoped to recommend this novel to my lesbian fiction book group, but I can't. For one thing, it is glacially slow. For another, almost nothing happens that isn't described on the book's back cover. And the Southeast Asian queer activist mentioned on the back cover isn't a well-rea...
  • Aban (Aby)
    Jun 19, 2011
    I read about this book in the Globe and Mail and the subject matter sounded interesting: an (East) Indian man, living with the consequences of accidentally killing his baby daughter, finally finds himself able to move on with his life by building new relationships. Whilst the story lin...
  • Waheed Rabbani
    Sep 22, 2011
    At writers? conferences, it is often commented that it is riskier to set a novel in a Canadian city, than in a foreign locale say Delhi. The main reason being offered is that the plot may not be appealing to American readers. However, Farzana Doctor?s second novel, Six Metres of Pa...
  • Michael
    Apr 14, 2018
    ?Six Metres of Pavement? can be taken as a cautionary tale illuminating the reality that one moment of distraction can have a lifetime of consequences. At the same time, it asserts that a second chance will come along if we are aware enough to see it and brave enough to embrace it....
  • Mihaela
    Jun 14, 2012
    Poorly written, a lot of cliches used. I read it because I wanted to test the "lending "ebook functions from myy local library and this book was available. I do not know why I finished it. I guess I wanted to know"what happenss next" and in that alone the book had some merit. ...
  • Kendra
    Aug 24, 2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by Six Metres of Pavement. This novel is both touching and interesting. Set in Toronto, it centres on the lives of two middle-aged neighbours: a man who tragically lost his family and a recently widowed woman living with her daughter. Ismail's story is heart ...
  • Rainey
    Feb 10, 2017
    I quite enjoyed this book. This came recommended by my favourite book web site BookRiot.com, from an article called - 5 GREAT CANADIAN MUSLIM BOOKS by Casey Stepaniuk. http://bookriot.com/2017/02/09/five-g... It was so nice to read a book about love after 50. The characters ...
  • Chaitali
    Aug 18, 2012
    I picked up this book to read during the travel that spanned across 4 days. The story is set up in a Cannadian City but references the area that is called as 'Little Portugal". The plot touches lot of topics like LGBT, life after losing the spouse, adult romance etc. The protagonist...
  • Cory
    Nov 02, 2012
    Have you ever found yourself out in public - on a bus or subway, at a park or in the waiting room of a doctors office - and you're watching strangers and wondering to yourself; what's their story? Well this is their story. I loved Six Metres of Pavement. Farzana Doctor is an incredi...
  • Meryam
    Mar 11, 2019
    interesting, not bad. the second half of the novel was far more interesting and fast paced than the first. ...
  • MaryLou Dickinson
    Apr 04, 2011
    A really good read - Ismail and Celia gradually getting to know each other, crossing the boundaries of their own losses and tragedies to sharing with each other. Moving on into new mysteries. Set in downtown neighbourhoods of Toronto, the city, as well as the characters, spring to life...
  • Sylvia McNicoll
    Aug 24, 2017
    Ismail Boxwala is the guy you read about in the paper and wonder how he can live with himself. Fatima is the girl you ponder over, how can she cope with being gay in a religion and culture that forbids it, Celia is a woman you feel sorry for, husband drops dead leaving her in deep debt...
  • Teena in Toronto
    Aug 27, 2014
    Ismail and Celia are neighbours. They live across the street from each other ... six metres of pavement apart. Ismail is originally from India, in his early fifties and works for the City of Toronto as an engineer. Twenty years ago, he made a mistake that changed his life forever .....
  • Carole
    Jan 25, 2018
    I have mixed feelings about this book. (view spoiler)[On the negative side, I really found the basic premise of the story (the baby dying in the hot car) to be horribly gruesome and I had a lot of difficulty reading about it. I initially thought that I would not continue reading it but...
  • Heather
    Apr 12, 2019
    A really lovely book about ordinary people, one of them dealing with the lingering effects of tragedy. Some might say the ending was a little too neat and tidy, but sometimes you just want a book where good characters going through tough times have tings turn out OK in the end. ...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Jun 26, 2012
    I bought and started reading Farzana Doctor?s second novel Six Metres of Pavement with specific and high expectations: not only has it just been shortlisted for the 2012 Toronto Book award, it was named one of Now Magazine?s top ten books of 2011 and won in the category of lesbian ...
  • Elaine
    Apr 15, 2018
    I?ll give this book a solid 2.5. There were parts of the story I really liked. Namely the relationship between Ismail and Celia. Unfortunately the story dragged. I flipped through many pages, chapters even, just skimming. It felt like a few sub stories stuffed into one book, none of ...
  • Ankur
    Apr 05, 2017
    You must read this book. It was absolutely amazing. I loved all of the characters, and the story is one that is going to stay with me for a long time. So many quotable lines in this one, and bonus, it takes place in Toronto. Of all the "Toronto" books I've ever read, this one felt ...
  • R K
    May 17, 2017
    Ok so although I love this book, I still cringed when I read 2 50 year old falling in love and "getting it on". I know 50 is the new 30 but if we go by that logic then 20 is the new newborn which is what I was when I read it. :P However, this book was spectacular. Even the romance. ...
  • Susan
    Sep 05, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book. It is very engaging, very gentle, and very Canadian in the best use of that word. The book is as much (or more) character- than plot-driven, however that is a plus. I think the Doctor must be an astute and empathetic observer of people and of character. The ...
  • Pamela
    Apr 14, 2015
    (view spoiler)[Now I remember... Super book, great ending. "That October, Fatima brought home a Polaroid camera she found at a yard sale. Wanting to test it out, she made everyone pose for her, in various groupings. 'I've got lots of film, come on you guys!' she instructed. 'Wait, fi...
  • Brittney
    Jul 23, 2014
    Farzana Doctor's Six Metres of Pavement succeeds on the strength of the story. A modern take on relationships ? familial, friendly, romantic ? it navigates a complicated landscape of love and loss, obligation and identity, betrayal and guilt offering, in the end, a chance at redemp...
  • Jessica Edwards
    Jun 25, 2017
    An excruciatingly slow burn in the first half of the book and a handful of instances of awkward prose that I found distracting. Ultimately though, the story was engaging (particularly in the last 100 or so pages) and I ended up very invested in all three of the main characters. ...
  • Steve Authier
    Jun 19, 2016
    Six Metres of Pavement is the first Farzana Doctor novel I?ve read. If I?m reading a novel by one of my favourite authors I generally have a tendency of giving them more room to pull me into their story, if it doesn?t happen to be meeting my expectations. However, when I?m read...
  • Eric Leeson
    Jun 30, 2018
    A touching tale. I did enjoy the simplicity of the book, but it was hard to finish, no suspense and to be honest I kept waiting for the Ismail to be arrested for what he had done. I understand that he made a mistake and his suffering is understandable, but I could not believe he did no...