Seven

Seven

A rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.


When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, she thinks that she's going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.


Sharifa's trip coincides with a time of unrest within her insular and conservative religious community, and there is no escaping its politics. A group of feminists is speaking out against khatna, an age-old ritual they insist is female genital cutting. Sharifa’s two favourite cousins are on opposite sides of the debate and she seeks a middle ground. As the issue heats up, Sharifa discovers an unexpected truth and is forced to take a position.

Title:Seven
ISBN:9781459746398
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    Seven Reviews

  • Fanna

    March 7, 2020: "balance between modern and traditional customs" I'm so ready to read this women's fiction that gives a spotlight to feminists. Thank you, Dundurn Press for the digital review copy via ...

  • Jade  - theelderbooks

    Seven is an important book. It deals with a traditional, yet very contemporary topic : Female Genital Mutilation. I'll shorten it to FGM throughout this review.Sharifa goes to India to explore her her...

  • Michelle Jacobsen

    "... while the men might have made the rules, it is the women, women I've loved, who've enforced them." Since finishing Seven last night I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this line and the ...

  • Surbhi Sinha

    "... while the men might have made the rules, it is the women, women I've loved, who've enforced them."When I read the synopsis of the book, I was a bit hesitant about reading the book as I felt it mi...

  • Toronto Bibliophile

    Just finished reading SEVEN by Farzana Doctor, a new to me Canadian author. Official publication date was yesterday September 5th, 2020.Sharifa and her seven year old daughter Zee are joining her husb...

  • Mridula

    *Spoilers ahead*I picked up this book to prepare a bit for our local online literary festival expected this fall. I didn't quite know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The tale focuses on S...

  • Kristi

    Blown away by this book. Absolutely in my top reads of 2020. Sharifa's struggle to reconcile her memories of her past, and her love for her country and family with the realities she discovers as an ad...

  • Zainub Reads

    Sharifa, a teacher by profession takes a hiatus from work and accompanies her husband, Murtuza, a professor, on a work trip of eight months to Mumbai, India along with their seven year old daughter.Th...

  • Zainub Reads

    Sharifa, a teacher by profession takes a hiatus from work and accompanies her husband, Murtuza, a professor, on a work trip of eight months to Mumbai, India along with their seven year old daughter.Th...

  • mango_vodka

    Farzana Doctor's Seven follows Sharifa, an American-born member of the Dawoodi Bohra religious sect, through a journey of self-discovery as she comes to terms with issues related to religion, family, ...