CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo


When Jonathan goes looking for his long-lost mother, he is shocked to discover she is living as a man in Trinidad. Over the next decade, Jonathan tries to make up for the time lost and attempts to understand his parent, and what unfolds is a brilliant display of the messiness that comes with family, love, acceptance and understanding.

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"Surely it is a failure of our human design that it takes not an hour, not a day, but much, much longer to relay what flashes through the mind with the speed of a hummingbird's wing.

There is so little time left now, and what Jonathan wants to know and I to say are not the same."

Shani Mootoo, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab