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Skeena is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman spanning thirty years of her life where she explores her changing environments, religious and cultural influences, and intimate relationships. Told by Skeena herself, it is a rare glimpse into the mind and perspectives of a Muslim woman. With the utter simplicity of style and expression, and a plot immersed in gripping realities, Fauzia has created a novel that is hard to put down even when it explodes some deep-rooted myths.
Skeena has been published in Punjabi (Shahmukhi) from Pakistan in 2007 where it was launched in nine cities, and has received high acclaim.
‘I believe that Fauzia Rafiq’s novel Skeena is a great addition to Punjabi literature both because of the subject matter and the technique. She has not just painted sentient, true and accurate pictures of our village and city life but also of Punjabis living overseas (Canada). In creative prose, the ample use of dialogue has reduced the burden on the narrative and has beautified the text. Fauzia shows things happen more than she tells them. Skeena, Bha, MaaN Jee, Ruffo, Ihtesham, Mumie Jee and Iqbal Singh aka Gamu are wholesome examples of character building. The big picture is created from small details. Novel’s canvas is broad and wide. It is my observation that the Author did not write anything unnecessary. I expect that because of the content and technique, Skeena will be acknowledged as a great unique novel.’
‘Skeena is a novel on patriarchy that never uses this word.’
Fauzia Rafiq is a Vancouver-based South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry. Her English and Punjabi writings have been published in Canada, Pakistan, and on the web. Print titles include the original Punjabi publication of Skeena (Lahore 2007) and an anthology Aurat Durbar: The Court of Women: Writings by Women of South Asian Origin (Sumach Press, 1995). She is a blogger and web designer, and maintains sites and blogs on violence against women, the environment and Punjabi literature and art. A selection of her English and Punjabi poetry, Passion-Fruit/Tahnget-Phal, and the Gurumukhi edition of Skeena will be out in April 2011.
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