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Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor

Stealing Nasreen

by Farzana Doctor

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This book reminds me of the lesbian movie Puccini for Beginners. A couple individually meet the same lesbian who's just gone through a tough break up and the couples lives go a little topsy turvey. They learn about themselves and about each other.

Of course, this book was more than the movie. It also had themes touching on immigrants in a new country. (It took places in Toronto Canada and most of the characters were from India). There was also a little bit regarding religion, Islam and Hinduism, but that was a very, very, very small subplot.

I also found interesting the scenes where Nasreen is in her role as a psychologist of some sort. And the subplot with Nasreen and her father was nice too.

But the most impressive part of the book for me was the fact that it was in present tense. I've tried to read five or fewer novels that were written in the present tense and have never really been able to finish most of them (or in some cases even get through the first couple of chapters). This book was different though. Not only was it a pleasant read for me, but during most of the novel I was seriously pulled into the story and didn't even notice the tense that it was in.

I really liked this book. It was a bit more lesbian than Six Metres of Pavement with some romance and some suspense and a lot about family. A solid piece of literature. ( )
  DanieXJ | Dec 3, 2014 |
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Fiction. STEALING NASREEN is a novel about the lives of three very different people, all of whom belong to the same small religious community. Set in Toronto with back story in Mumbai, Nasreen Bastawala, an Indo-Canadian lesbian and burnt-out psychologist, becomes enmeshed in the lives of Shaffiq and Salma Paperwala, new immigrants from Mumbai. While working in the same Toronto hospital as Nasreen, Shaffiq develops a persistent and confusing fascination with Nasreen, causing him to bring home and hide things he "finds" in her office. Salma, his wife, discovers some of these hidden treasures and suspects that something is amiss. Unbeknownst to Shaffiq, Nasreen begins attending weekly Gujarati classes taught by Salma, who finds herself inexplicably attracted to her student. This attraction harkens back memories and regrets Salma holds about a lesbian affair that ended badly years ago. Without knowing that it is happening, Nasreen becomes the centre of Shaffiq and Salma's lives. Each keeps a secret about Nasreen, and in so doing risks their marriage, while Nasreen struggles to come to terms with her mother's death, her recent break-up, and her new relationship with her father. An impulsive kiss between Salma and Nasreen sets off a surprising course of events.

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