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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.

About the Author
Mariam Pirbhai was born in Karachi, Pakistan before her family took to the skies, alighting on England and the Philippines before arriving in Canada’s terra firma. Here, she has charted her own journey across three provinces, eventually settling in Waterloo, Ontario, where she works as an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture: Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific and co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including When Your Voice Tastes Like Home: Immigrant Women Write and Her Mother’s Ashes, Volume 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States, as well as in national and international journals such as South Asian Review, jaggerylit: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and Dalhousie Review. Outside People and Other Stories is her debut collection of short fiction. She lives in Waterloo.
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"With clear-eyed compassion, generosity and literary brilliance, Mariam Pirbhai has deftly illuminated characters whose lives in literature are usually relegated to the shadows of the mainstream. In doing so she has given much needed, long-overdue breath to a cast of characters who create the landscape even as they have been, until now, invisible in it. As Diane Arbus is to photography, so is Mariam Pirbhai to literature--bringing forth the margins, but nobly, with understanding and an unusual generosity in her handling of contemporary society's machinations."
--Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at Night and Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab?

"What a stunning debut this collection, Outside People and Other Stories, is for Mariam Pirbhai. These stories transport us into the lives mainly of newcomers to the Canadian landscape. The broad range of characters includes first-and second-generation Canadians, new citizens, temporary workers and even a worker in a resort in Mexico that caters to numerous Canadian clients. The power of the stories lies in the author's success at capturing the worlds of the marginalized and racialized so vividly, with such understanding and compassion, that we cannot ignore or dismiss their humanity. Indeed, we are enriched by it. This book deserves a wide readershipWhat a stunning debut this collection, Outside People and Other Stories, is for Mariam Pirbhai. These stories transport us into the lives mainly of newcomers to the Canadian landscape. The broad range of characters includes first-and second-generation Canadians, new citizens, temporary workers and even a worker in a resort in Mexico that caters to numerous Canadian clients. The power of the stories lies in the author's success at capturing the worlds of the marginalized and racialized so vividly, with such understanding and compassion, that we cannot ignore or dismiss their humanity. Indeed, we are enriched by it. This book deserves a wide readership."
-- Mary Lou Dickinson, author of Would I Lie to You? and The White Ribbon Man

"With intelligence and command of her craft, Pirbhai invites us into the lives . . . of the émigré and following generation(s): from Pakistan, India, Morocco, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, Haiti. As a result of the portability of technological skills, rapid global communication, and mobility across continents, "outside people" find themselves in a state of displacement and . . . sense their "otherness" as perceived through the eyes of others. Outside People and Other Stories views the world and humanity through a wide-angled lens. Give it a read. It will both entertain and enlighten."
--Rhoda Rabinowitz Green, author of Aspects of Nature

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