Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo

Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Shani Mootoo

A sad but tender story of love in many forms: between friends, parent and child, heterosexual and homosexual. Sidhala grows up in Trinidad always aware that she is different but it is only after many years living in Canada she finds the courage to make a fundamental change. Great characters, wonderful descriptions of lush Trinidad contrasted with the climatic harshness of Canada. A great read tackling a difficult subject.

Extract

I could not bear to say goodbye to Jonathan and so I did not. India warned me not to try to fight her for any rights to Jonathan. As an immigrant, as a non-wage-earning person, and, most importantly, as a person without her connections, I would, she assured me, lose in every way.

Parallels
  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis- Benn
  • In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand