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Silmy Abdullah is a Bangladeshi-Canadian author, lawyer and social justice advocate. Her debut collection of short stories, Home of the Floating Lily, explores the Bangladeshi immigrant experience in Toronto. Set primarily in a Bengali neighbourhood in the Scarborough/East York Area, close to the Danforth and Victoria Park intersection, the stories are inspired by her own lived experience as an immigrant, as well as the work she does in her community as a lawyer.

 

Silmy provides legal services to low-income South Asian clients in Ontario, many of whom are newcomers. Her practice focuses on the intersection of immigration, poverty and gender-based violence. Working on the ground with marginalized communities helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of love, courage and resilience, and intensify the compassion and empathy with which she writes them.  She is a passionate advocate who has spoken on important human rights issues on numerous platforms, including community workshops, mainstream media, the Parliament of Canada and conferences in Canada and overseas. 

 

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"Home of the Floating Lily offers an intimate, empathetic and important portrait of the lives of Bangladeshi immigrants in Toronto."

 — Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal

 

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Reviews 

Home of the Floating Lily is an intimate examination of love and loss, duty and freedom, of family and friendship. Follow the silken thread running through Silmy Abdullah’s illuminating stories. She will remind you of what it truly means to be a daughter, a sister, a son, a brother, a parent or a friend. Her characters will speak to you of what it is to be young and to be old, of endings and beginnings. Each story is an exploration of our universal longing to be at home in this world and at home in our hearts. I am a better person for having read this wonderful book.

 

— Christy Ann Conlin, author of Watermark and The Speed of Mercy