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“Dar a Luz” a National Magazine Award Finalist

I found out earlier today that my story “Dar a Luz“, originally published in Event magazine, is a finalist in the Fiction category for the 2016 National Magazine Awards.

I’m thrilled to be in the company of fellow finalists whose work I admire, including my good friend (and mentor) Zsuzsi Gartner, Andrew MacDonald, Jess Taylor, and others.

“Dar a Luz” tells the story of Rose–a Filipina nanny working for a mixed-race Canadian expat couple living in Dubai–and Rose’s emotional and unstable employer, Lucia. It’s told from the point of view of Lucia’s unborn child (Baby Z) and features a cast of extras who make Dubai such a dizzying place–Russian gangsters, Hollywood starlets, high-flying expats, glamourous, abaya-clad Emirati women swathed in Gucci and Prada–as well as the millions of mostly Asian foreign workers whose exploited labour and precarious lives make the exuberant world of the expats and Emiratis possible.

The National Magazine Awards will be presented in Toronto on June 10. Thanks to Editor Shashi Bhat and the team at Event for publishing the story.