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Out on Main Street: And Other Stories

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A captivating collection of short fiction by a talented new writer, with settings that range from a girls' school in Trinidad to an Indian restaurant in Vancouver. These tales of conflicting emotions and rebellion are mesmerizing in their sensuality.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by Raincoast Books, Press Gang Publishers (first published May 3rd 2002)
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Shani Mootoo is one of my favourite writers, but despite having devoured almost all of her fiction, until recently I had yet to read her very first book, a collection of short stories called Out on Main Street that was published way back in 1993 (I was only 8 years old!). It’s one of the books that I’ve had a copy of for a while, but had never gotten around to reading.

So, Out on Main Street is definitely an uneven collection: it feels like someone’s first book, for better or for worse. It’s not
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Shivanee Ramlochan
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"Out on Main Street, the first short fiction publication of Indo-Trinidadian-Canadian writer Shani Mootoo, is a collection of nine stories with origins that are both Caribbean and Canadian, diasporic and contintental, here and there. Work like this represents nothing so much as it does a bridge, symbolizing, representing and contextualizing histories and customs only guessed-at or generalized. Mootoo’s epigraph (unattributed, presumably her own quotation) to the co
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Catherine
Mar 09, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
A 1993 collection of short stories by then Vancouver author Shani Mootoo (who now lives in Toronto). It was put out by Vancouver's Press Gang Publishers. Stylewise, I thought "Nocturnals" was the most interesting story.
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Captivating yet easy to read.
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Jan 30, 2008 Ash rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, fiction
thesis text? what?
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Shani Mootoo, writer, visual artist and video maker, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1957 to Trinidadian parents. She grew up in Trinidad and relocated at age 24 to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
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