Holding Still for as Long as Possible

Holding Still for as Long as Possible

Book - 2009
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What is it like to grow into adulthood with the war on terror as your defining political memory, with SARS and Hurricane Katrina as your backdrop? In this robust, elegantly plotted, and ultimately life-affirming novel, Zoe Whittall presents a dazzling portrait of a generation we've rarely seen in literature -- the twenty-five-year olds who grew up on anti-anxiety meds, text-messaging each other truncated emotional reactions, unsure of what's public and what's private.

Zoe Whittall fulfills the promise of her acclaimed first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, with this extraordinary novel set in Toronto's seedy-but-gentrifying Parkdale. Revolving around three interlocking lives, it offers, among other things, a detailed inside look at the work of paramedics, and entertaining celebrity gossip.

Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, c2009.
ISBN: 9780887842344
0887842348
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,22 cm.

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QnVz
Jul 21, 2015

I enjoyed the read despite the flatness in the writing at times. I agree with some of the previous comments about the cynicism of the characters and although they are interesting, some parts of their development is extremely naive. I enjoyed the courage it took Whittall to do this and appreciate her comments post-story. It was refreshing to read about a Trans journey and interesting to process the "normalcy" of Josh's normal. A great job to Whittall for taking us beyond the mechanics of the gendered contraints in the journey of ones life. I think I gleaned a lot from Billy in an off-handed way and Amy was definitely my least favorite character of them all.

Loved this book? Want to meet author Zoe Whittall in person? If you live near Strathcona County, you're in luck! Zoe will be at the Strathcona County Library, in Sherwood Park, on Saturday September 29th, from 2-3 pm. Register online or drop by! http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=2270&EventID=140918

natasha777 Apr 30, 2012

This is the best book I have read in years! I love the Toronto-based setting, the non-chronological story line, and the the focus on the characters.

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JudithE
Mar 24, 2012

Well-written and Canadian. But the characters have a cynical and discouraged attitude towards life, and I am old enough to find this tedious. However, I understand that this book won a Lambda award for the best trans character (of 2011?), and if this is an issue that is central to your life, do read the book; Josh is one of the most interesting characters in the book.

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joannet2
Nov 01, 2011

I expected to be blown away by this book given the reviews. While it is extremely well written and its characters are portrayed realistically I found it a little flat. I just wasn't crazy about the characters. I guess I expected a little too much.

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rachelb123
Jun 27, 2011

i need more books like this in my life. <3

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tegan
Aug 10, 2010

Amazing! This is probably the best book that I have read in the past 5 years. Whittall creates a realistic portrayal of a group of twenty-somethings living in Toronto. The book has lots of great city references. Different chapters are written from the perspective of the different lead characters.

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Jul 21, 2015

QnVz thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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