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The Resource Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Label
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab
Title
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab
Statement of responsibility
Shani Mootoo
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Language
eng
Summary
From the author of Cereus Blooms at Night and Valmiki’s Daughter, both nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, comes a haunting and courageous new novel. Written in vibrant, supple prose that vividly conjures both the tropical landscape of Trinidad and the muted winter cityscape of Toronto, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab is a passionate eulogy to a beloved parent, and a nuanced, moving tale about the struggle to embrace the complex realities of love and family ties. Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents, who were raising him in a tree-lined Toronto neighbourhood, separated and his mother, Sid, vanished from his life. It was not until he was a grown man, and a promising writer with two books to his name, that Jonathan finally reconnected with his beloved parent—only to find, to his shock and dismay, that the woman he’d known as “Sid” had morphed into an elegant, courtly man named Sydney. In the decade following this discovery, Jonathan made regular pilgrimages from Toronto to visit Sydney, who now lived quietly in a well-appointed retreat in his native Trinidad. And on each visit, Jonathan struggled to overcome his confusion and anger at the choices Sydney had made, trying with increasing desperation to rediscover the parent he’d once adored inside this familiar stranger. 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 slowly peels away the layers of Sydney’s life. But soon it becomes clear that 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
Summary
A young man travels to Trinidad to reconnect with a transgender parent, uncovering the complex realities of love and family
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10317167
Cataloging source
CaOONL
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Mootoo, Shani
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literary Fiction
  • Lifestyle - Travel
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Gay, Lesbian & LGBT Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:LSA_411296
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781617755545
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab
Control code
BORROWBOX:LSA_411296
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781617755545
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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