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Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

by Shani Mootoo

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list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: March 2015
ISBN:9780385676243
publisher: Doubleday Canada
imprint: Anchor Canada
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"A stunning meditation on story--how our lives are shaped by both the stories we're told and the stories we tell. . . portrays the beautiful (yet often tense) bond between a parent and child, the complexities of immigration, the fluidity of gender. . . . It is a gorgeously written novel, typical of Mootoo's poetic gifts." National Post
     Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a comfortable house on a tree-lined street in downtown Toronto, separated, and his mother Sid vanished entirely from his life. It is not until he is a grown man--a writer with two books to his name, a supportive girlfriend, and a promising career--that Jonathan finally reconnects with his beloved lost parent, only to find, to his shock and dismay, that the woman he knew as "Sid" has become an elegant man named Sydney living quietly in a well-appointed house in his native Trinidad.
     In the nine years since then, Jonathan has travelled from Canada to pay regular visits to Sydney on his island retreat, trying with quiet desperation to rediscover the parent he adored inside this familiar stranger. And for nine years, as his own life and career stall, he struggles to overcome his confusion and repressed anger at the choices Sydney has made. As the novel opens, Jonathan has been summoned urgently to Trinidad where Sydney, now aged and dying, seems at last to offer him the gift he longs for: a winding story that moves forward sideways as it reveals the truths of Sydney's life. But when and where the story will end is up to Jonathan, and it is he who must decide what to do with Sydney's haunting legacy of love, loss and acceptance.

About the Author
Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She has lived in Canada since the early 1980s. Her acclaimed first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night, was published worldwide and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, among other awards. Mootoo is also an accomplished visual artist. She lives in Toronto.
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SHANI MOOTOO is the much-loved author of the novels Cereus Blooms at Night, which was a Giller Prize finalist, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the BC Book Prize for Fiction; He Drown She in the Sea, which was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and most recently, Valmiki's Daughter, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Mootoo was born in Trinidad and grew up there and in Ireland. She immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, two decades ago, and now lives with her partner near Toronto.

Editorial Review

   • "Moving Forward has a fascinating premise, one that emboldens Mootoo's ongoing literary project of giving voice to sexual minorities with brown faces from hot countries. . . . They are stories that can no longer be silenced." The Globe and Mail 

   • "Shani Mootoo's multilayered new novel explores storytelling and traces powerful transitions between cultures and genders. . . . [It] encompasses identity, dislocation, and storytelling's capacity to navigate grief and lapsed time." Georgia Straight 

   • "A brilliant metaphor for how we reexamine and reshape stories about ourselves and others to slowly come to understanding" Toronto Star

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