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Podcast Episode
12:00pm

Lies That Tell Us Truth

Featuring Farzana Doctor, Shani Mootoo and Mona Awad
Hosted by Manahil Bandukwala and Rhonda Douglas

Lies That Tell Us Truth

Featuring Farzana Doctor, Shani Mootoo and Mona Awad
Hosted by Manahil Bandukwala and Rhonda Douglas
13
Tuesday
Oct
12:00pm
Farzana Doctor
Mona Awad - Photo by Brigitte Lacombe
Shani Mootoo - Photo by Ramesh Pooran

Do we ever really tell the truth, even to ourselves? This episode features three novels that examine the lies and truths at the heart of our most intimate relationships:

 

Seven, by Lambda Literary Award-winner Farzana Doctor is about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between kinship and the fight against customs that harm us. When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India in 2016, she finds her family on opposite sides of the debate on khatna, an age-old ritual of female genital cutting. 

 

Seductive and tension-filled, Polar Vortex by Giller Prize nominee Shani Mootoo is a story of secrets, deceptions, and revenge. It asks if we ever free from our pasts? Do we deserve to be? 

 

A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale about loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and female friendship and desire, Mona Awad’s acclaimed novel Bunny explores what happens when an outsider is suddenly invited into a clique of unbearably twee rich girls.

 

A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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