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Holding Still for as Long as Possible af Zoe…
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Holding Still for as Long as Possible (original 2009; udgave 2009)

af Zoe Whittall (Forfatter)

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A dazzling portrait of twenty-somethings who grew up on text-messaging and the war on terror. In this robust, elegantly plotted, and ultimately life-affirming novel, Zoe Whittall presents a dazzling portrait of the Millennial Generation 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. Holding Still explores an unusual love triangle involving Billie, a former teen idol, now an anxiety-ridden agoraphobic, Josh, a shy transgendered paramedic who travels the city patching up damaged bodies, and Amy, a fashionable filmmaker coping with her first broken heart. With this extraordinary novel, Whittall gives us startlingly real portraits of three unforgettable characters, and proves herself to be one of our most talented writers.… (mere)
Medlem:GlacioD
Titel:Holding Still for as Long as Possible
Forfattere:Zoe Whittall (Forfatter)
Info:House of Anansi Press (2009), 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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I really wanted to like this book but it mostly fell flat for me. As my partner reflected back to me after I described the book: it sounds like you are so starved for queer content you will finish a bad book just because you see yourself in it. I will probably try to find more queer themed fiction that I find to be better written/more interesting.

One positive for me was that the book didn't really have a clear trajectory or resolution. I don't always enjoy that but in this case I did.
  munchie13 | Aug 6, 2020 |
the characters don't seem alive and real
  knownever | Oct 8, 2018 |
Living in Toronto during my twenties this book totally brought me back. Love Zoe Whittall. A great Canadian writer of my generation. ( )
  sworldbridger | Apr 15, 2012 |
I completely enjoyed this. It was well-written and strong, and the book left me wanting to know more about the characters and their lives beyond the book. Suffice to say, this thoroughly engrossed me every day as I read it on the subway, and Zoe Whittall remains one of my new favourite Canadian writers (folks should also check out Bottle Rocket Hearts!). ( )
  unaluna | Aug 21, 2011 |
I loved it.

This is the story of twenty-somethings living in Toronto, and a love quadrangle among: Amy: a rich, but unspoiled, kid trying to make it in the film industry; Josh: a transgendered paramedic; Billy: a child music star now coping with anxiety disorder; and Maria: a shy social worker. It is refreshing to read a book about people who are homo- or bisexual or transgendered without that being the plot!

Zoe Whittal has done a good job of building strong characters. The love story is good, as are the interspersed lives of thepatients Josh deals with as a paramedic. I felt I reakkt got to know the characters and understand their motivations, even though I have almost nothing in common with any of them! ( )
1 stem LynnB | Sep 7, 2010 |
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A dazzling portrait of twenty-somethings who grew up on text-messaging and the war on terror. In this robust, elegantly plotted, and ultimately life-affirming novel, Zoe Whittall presents a dazzling portrait of the Millennial Generation 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. Holding Still explores an unusual love triangle involving Billie, a former teen idol, now an anxiety-ridden agoraphobic, Josh, a shy transgendered paramedic who travels the city patching up damaged bodies, and Amy, a fashionable filmmaker coping with her first broken heart. With this extraordinary novel, Whittall gives us startlingly real portraits of three unforgettable characters, and proves herself to be one of our most talented writers.

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