Fiction. Women's Studies. Short Fiction. South Asian Studies. Winner of an IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction. Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Multicultural category of the 2019 International Book Awards. Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Short Story category of the 2019 International Book Awards. 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.
Mariam Pirbhai is an academic and creative writer. She is the author the debut short-story collection Outside PEOPLE AND OTHER STORIES (winner of the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction, winner of the 2019 American BookFest Award for the Short Story, and ranked among CBC's top ten "must read" books of 2017). She is also the author and editor of several academic works, including Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture: Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific and Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women's Literature. Pirbhai is Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches and specializes in postcolonial studies and creative writing. Pirbhai is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants whose arrival in Canada followed a circuitous route from England, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines. She and her husband live in Waterloo, Ontario. ISOLATED INCIDENT is her first novel.