Four strong women: Anjali, an Indo-Canadian single mother who eagerly accepts an African posting with her non-profit organization; Grace, her dedicated but dominating colleague, who opposes her; Fatimah, a farmer ousted from her home and fertile farmland, whom Anjali befriends; and Mary, Anjali's kindly maid, who must secure the future of her son, Gabriel. In Land for Fatimah, Anjali involves herself in Fatimah's quest to find new land for her scattered community, and is thrown into a web of intrigue that upturns her safe, orderly world. Capturing the warmth and vitality of Africa, illuminating everyday heroism, the novel explores expat life, the forced displacement of the poor and the complexities of development.
Veena Gokhale started her career as a journalist in Bombay, a city that inspired Bombay Wali and other stories (Guernica Editions). After immigrating to Canada, she worked for non-profits. Land for Fatimah is partly inspired by the time she spent with a non-profit organization in Tanzania. She lives in Montreal.
Erudite and engaging ... The protagonist, Anjali, is a complex, multidimensional character, admirable for her attempts to put principle ahead of pragmatism.--H. Nigel Thomas, author of No Safeguards