Books and work in progress

Unsuitable Girl : women’s fiction manuscript in search of representation

Here’s the elevator version: an effervescent girl from Nairobi’s traditional Punjabi community dreams of opening a restaurant. But before she can follow her own dream, she needs to follow her family’s: she must get married.

photo: Nishanth Jois

Work in progress

Rocky Crest These days I’m riveted on a novel about a group of middle school children in the 1960s. They’re on a week-long escape from the suburbs at their teacher’s farm in cottage country, but there’s something very wrong about her friends….It’s mayhem and murder, and lots of things that would never happen to children today–but it was the sixties. The working title is What Happened at Blindbend Farm. It’s in beta reading–volunteers welcome!



Something Worth Doing, W.W. Norton, New York, 1995

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In May 1985 Aqua Star, a custom-built steel cutter, set out from Toronto for Churchill, Manitoba, on the west shore of Hudson Bay. No sailing vessel had ventured beyond Hudson Strait since the 19th century; it was a sparsely inhabited area of harsh terrain with ice-and fog-bound coasts. On board were the owner-skipper Leslie Sike and wife Carolann, both in their 40s; also Gay Currie, a young woman with sailing experience, and David Farr, a photographer. Chopra, who covered the voyage for Canadian Yachting and had access to the personal journals and ship’s log, here re-creates the adventure in a gripping narrative of derring-do and of discord. Nearing Hudson Strait the sailors encountered ice; in the Bay they ran into heavy weather and fog. Arguments and ill-feeling continued unabated. That September, after 108 days and 3600 miles, Aqua Star reached Churchill. And all agreed, as will readers, that the voyage was something worth doing. From Publisher’s Weekly, copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 The reader gets a beautiful photographic glimpse of sub arctic Canada and an interesting sociological glimpse of the four crew members as they make a record-setting trek across Hudson Bay in a 40-foot sailboat.  Amazon reviewer

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