Holding Still for as Long as Possible

Holding Still for as Long as Possible

eBook - 2010
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Three twenty-five-years-olds - two women and a man - who grew up on anti-anxiety meds and who now spend their time text-messaging each other truncated emotional reactions to events they cannot control or even comprehend. A portrait of life in the seedy but gentrifying Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2010
ISBN: 9780887843013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (198 p.)


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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Jun 27, 2011

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

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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