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Mariam Pirbhai

Mariam Pirbhai was born in Pakistan and lived in England and the Philippines prior to settling in Canada. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Montreal. Her dissertation is entitled: The Multiple Voices of Indenture History: The South Asian Diasporic Novel in English. Now a resident of Waterloo, Ontario, Pirbhai is a faculty member in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies. She writes academic works about postcolonial and diaspora studies. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals.

Fiction (Short stories)

Outside People and Other Stories

Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2017.
PS8631 .I73 O98 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

A Haitian woman survives the ravages of an earthquake only to find her sister, an émigré in Montreal, the subject of a grisly crime. A chambermaid in a Mexican tourist resort frequented by Canadian tourists wonders why all the men in her life seem to leave her for distant lands. A Jamaican migrant worker at an Ontario chicken farm comes to the aid of his Peruvian co-worker on the eve of a fatal car accident. And a young Pakistani-Canadian woman finds herself in the midst of a protest march defending Muslim women’s rights on the same day she has agreed to meet her Moroccan lover. The diverse cast of characters that energize Mariam Pirbhai’s Outside People and Other Stories not only reflects a multicultural Canada but also the ease with which this striking debut collection inhabits the voices and perspectives of nation, hemisphere, and world.

Anthology (Short stories)

Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States

PS8329.1 .H45 2009

Pirbhai, Mariam. “Air Raids.” In Her Mother’s Ashes 3, edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: Tsar, 2009, 114-123.
A revised version of this stories appears in Outside People and Other Stories.


Mariam Pirbhai faculty page at Wilfrid Laurier University

Publisher Inanna Publications