Holding Still for as Long as Possible

Zoe Whittall

Holding Still for as Long as Possible

In her second novel, Zoe Whittall delves into the complex lives of a trio of troubled Toronto twentysomethings: Billy, a former pop idol with anxiety issues; Josh, a paramedic with deep emotional wounds of his own; and Amy, a heartbroken rich kid trying to pass herself off as a bohemian hipster. The narrative point of view shifts between the three characters, as they struggle to come to terms with their flaws and failures, and try to make meaningful connections.

In 2011, Holding Still for as Long as Possible won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction.


"I am having a quarter-life crisis,' I announced to my mother.

"My generation never had those, we just had babies and thought about killing them from time to time."

This excerpt is taken from From Holding Still for as Long as Possible, copyright ©2009 by Zoe Whittall. Reproduced with permission from House of Anansi Press, Toronto. www.houseofanansi.com

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