Title Profile & Character Information

Six Metres of Pavement

Annotation
Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning 20 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, at the age of 50, finds herself widowed and broke. 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.Six Metres of Pavementis a vivid work that explores loss, regret, and redemption from a gifted author who isn’t afraid to take her readers deep into her characters’ interior worlds.

Awards
2012  Lambda Literary Awards

Characters
NameBoxwala, Ismail
GenderMale
TraitsIndo-Canadian
Divorced
Father
Recovering alcoholic

NameSousa, Celia
GenderFemale
TraitsPortuguese
Canadian
Widow
Mother

NameKahn, Fatima
GenderFemale
OccupationsCollege student
 Activist
TraitsIndo-Canadian
Bisexual

GenreFiction
TopicsPersonal tragedy
Divorced men
Loss
Widows
Unexpected love
Redemptive love
Second chances
Friendship
College students
SettingToronto, Ontario
Ontario