The Red One (Forthcoming)

The Red One is a novel that explores the topics of marriage, sexual abuse, and gender expectations in the setting of a tight-knit South Asian community in Canada.

Obsessed with her weight and appearance, Nisha, better known as “Azar’s beautiful wife,” lives a seemingly perfect life in a suburban, upper middle-class community outside Toronto. But the marriage is passionless. By her dominant and unfaithful husband she is unwilling to have a child; she is also haunted by her secret past, when she was sexually abused as a child. She finds escape in shopping sprees and surrounding herself with fake friends, while secretly spiralling into a drug addiction to numb her pains. When she is asked to help with a charity event, Nisha accepts the challenge, but there she meets a mysterious man she thinks of as the Red One, to whom she’s instantly and dangerously attracted. The encounter makes her finally realize that she must face her terrible past and somehow vanquish it.


Publication Date: October 2023

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-77415-115-0
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
160 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-77415-116-7

Photo: Safia Fazlul

Safia Fazlul, of Bangladeshi origin, lived in Oslo, Norway, before coming to Canada at the age of eleven. She began writing poetry in Norwegian as soon as she learned how to write and continued her love for writing in her late teenage years in English. Her first novel, The Harem, was published soon after she completed her B.A. at the University of Toronto. Recently retired from the financial industry, Safia continues to work on another novel and a book of poetry while enjoying being a new mother. She lives in Toronto.

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