Shani Mootoo





Shani Mootoo


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Dublin, Ireland
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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.

Average rating: 3.81 · 2,867 ratings · 300 reviews · 9 distinct worksSimilar authors
Cereus Blooms at Night

3.93 avg rating — 2,018 ratings — published 1996 — 12 editions
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Moving Forward Sideways Lik...

3.41 avg rating — 337 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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Valmiki's Daughter

3.62 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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He Drown She in the Sea

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Out on Main Street: And Oth...

3.53 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2002
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The Predicament of Or

3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2002
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Trinidad Noir: The Classics

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Trinidad Noir

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3.51 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Urban Fictions

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“Perhaps many of them shared my sentiments, but our options then were black and white, between this and that. The grey area of freedom we longed for existed only in dreams.”
Shani Mootoo, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

“I brought my face inches away from hers and whispered, 'If I were strapped like that, I would hate it, too.' And then I felt foolish, for what was the point of empathizing without taking more positive action? I wanted to touch her again but I left and returned to my room feeling impoverished and weak.”
Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night

“Zain pinched my skin. I surprised myself when I instantly flipped up that same arm and gripped her wrist hard. I said, in a soft voice, “Don’t do that.” There was no smile on my face now. But that was when her facade broke, and she was suddenly grinning. I felt her body relax. My grip relaxed then, too, but I did not let go of her hand. I remained unsmiling, suddenly frightened, but not of her.”
Shani Mootoo, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

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