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Books of the Year

Q&Q editors reveal some of their favourite releases of 2016


The Parcel

Anosh Irani

Knopf Canada

ANOSH IRANI, who grew up near the red-light district in Mumbai, employs first-hand observations for his story about a retired hijra named Madhu – born an effeminate male before being ritualistically castrated at the age of 12 – tasked with preparing a preteen girl sold into a brothel. While The Parcel is unflinching in its depiction of the violence and poverty that has plagued the district and its residents for generations, Madhu’s hopefulness and strength, and Irani’s beautiful language, maintain the book’s inner light.

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