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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Moving Forward is an anthology of short stories and one poem published by the Immigrant Writers Association, a Canadian-based organization. The book brings together the thoughts, experiences, and memories of people who have made the ultimate decision to leave their homelands and emigrate to a new land. Moving Forward asks these ten authors to relate through the written word what the concept of moving forward means to them. What is produced is an exciting mash-up of different genres that explores immigrant experiences from a wide variety of backgrounds, social structures, and economic conditions. Not all immigrants were driven by a desperate need to leave their homelands due to war, poverty, or seeking a better life; some merely sought to escape parental control or to experience the excitement. The motivations of these immigrants are as distinct as the stories they relate and will appeal to a wide audience.
Moving Forward is a wonderful way to capture the voices of a disparate and interesting group of individuals who all now call themselves Canadians. The Immigrant Writers Association, in producing these anthologies, does immense service to not only the authors of these stories but to readers all over the world. As an immigrant myself, I found myself nodding sagely at some of the thoughts and experiences in these stories, and for me, that’s what made them so relatable and resonant. As with all anthologies, there are some stories that will stick in my mind long after I’ve put this collection down. Perhaps the one that resonated most with me was the story of unrequited love expounded in “Mirrors” by Rodica Mariana Niculescu. The idea that love is the most powerful force in the universe shone from every page of Doru and Dora’s story. I loved this story. Also high on my list of enjoyment was “Are You a Toubib” by Gaston Nyabul Di Kanza Mabaya. I found the synchronicities and universal themes woven through this short story to be absolutely delightful. There really is something in this anthology for everyone and I have no hesitation in recommending it.