Canadian Author

Come April 29, ‘ Moving Forward like a Crab’ will be available in bookstores.
This Doubleday Canada, 336 pages, was penned by filmmaker and visual artist Shani Mootoo, one of Canada’s boldest and most respected writers.

Shani Mootoo – Photo by Martin Schwalbe
Shani Mootoo – Photo by Martin Schwalbe

Mootoo, who was born in Trinidad grew up there and Ireland is the author of the novels Cerus Blooms at Night, which was a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the B.C. Book Award 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.

She was hailed as a writer with a gift for story telling and Moving Forward Sideways like a Crab, is delicious. Also, as Caribbean people, we refer to crabs as in a barrel mentality…food for thought?

Mootoo, weaves a story Jonathan Lewis -Adley 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 Trinidad.
More? But allyuh look story, eh, eh.

Wait fuh de book, nah? Soon come, April 29 in your valued bookstores.
And keep an eye out for The Gerald V. Paul interview with Shani Mootoo.