Home of the Floating Lily


Caught between cultures and identities, immigrant families from a Bengali neighbourhood in Toronto strive to navigate their home, relationships, and happiness.

Set in both Canada and Bangladesh, the eight stories in Home of the Floating Lily follow the lives of the characters as they journey through their experience of migration, displacement, and familial conflict. A young woman moves to Toronto after getting married, but she soon discovers her husband is not who she believes him to be. A mother is left heartbroken when her sons defy her expectations and choose their own paths in life. A lonely international student returns to Bangladesh and forms an unexpected bond with her domestic helper. A woman, caught between her love for Bangladesh and her determination to raise her daughter in Canada, makes a decision after a dark secret from the past is revealed.

In each of the stories, characters embark on difficult, often heartbreaking, but powerful journeys in search of love, dignity, and a sense of belonging

About the Author

Silmy Abdullah

Posted by Dundurn Guest on August 18, 2020
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Silmy Abdullah

Silmy Abdullah is an author and lawyer. She was born in Bangladesh, spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, and immigrated to Canada when she started high school. Home of the Floating Lily is her debut collection. She lives in Toronto.