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Outside People and Other Stories

Outside People and Other Stories

by Mariam Pirbhai


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A Haitian woman survives the ravages of an earthquake only to find her sister, an émigré in Montreal, the subject of a grisly crime. A chambermaid in a Mexican tourist resort frequented by Canadian tourists wonders why all the men in her life seem to leave her for distant lands. A Jamaican migrant worker at an Ontario chicken farm comes to the aid of his Peruvian co-worker on the eve of a fatal car accident. And a young Pakistani-Canadian woman finds herself in the midst of a protest march defending Muslim women's rights on the same day she has agreed to meet her Moroccan lover. The diverse cast of characters that energize Mariam Pirbhai's Outside People and Other Stories not only reflects a multicultural Canada but also the ease with which this striking debut collection inhabits the voices and perspectives of nation, hemisphere, and world.

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ISBN-13: 9781771334334
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Publication date: 10/21/2017
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mariam Pirbhai is the author of a debut short story collection titled Outside People and Other Stories, which won the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction, and was ranked among CBC's top ten recommended "must read" lists of 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Her Mother's Ashes: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States Vol III, Pakistani Creative Writing in English, and the Dalhousie Review. She is Professor of English in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she specializes in postcolonial and diaspora studies. She was born in Pakistan and lives in Waterloo. More information available on her website:

Table of Contents

Air Raids 1

Chicken Catchers 15

Corazon's Children 31

Toronto's Dominions 48

Sunshine Guarantee 63

Bread and Roti 80

Thirty-Five Seconds 100

Crossing Over 114

Outside People 133

Glossary 144

Acknowledgements 153

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