Shani Mootoo

marlene lopez

(Mootoo, Shani) Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. Her novels include Valmiki’s Daughter, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Cereus Blooms at Night. Mootoo divides her time between Grenada and Canada. Her latest novel, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab (Akashic Books), was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and short-listed for the Lambda Literary Award.  Jonathan Lewis-Adey was nine when his parents separated, and his mother, Sid, vanished entirely from his life. It is not until he is a grown man that Jonathan finally reconnects with his beloved lost parent, only to find, to his shock and dismay that the woman he knew as “Sid” in Toronto has become an elegant man named Sydney living in his native Trinidad. For nine years, Jonathan has paid regular visits to Sydney on his island retreat, trying with quiet desperation to rediscover the parent he adored inside this familiar stranger, and to overcome his  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.  Mootoo is also a contributor to Trinidad Noir: The Classics (Akashic Noir), the latest in the award-winning series of original noir anthologies, which presents nineteen works that trail the country’s criminals, her prostitutes, her officious bureaucrats, her police, and her ordinary citizens.