All my puny sorrows /
Miriam Toews.
Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2014.
321 p. ; 21 cm.
0345808002 (Cloth), 9780345808004 (Cloth)
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Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2014.
Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2014.
0345808002 (Cloth)
9780345808004 (Cloth)
local note
Fisher copy: With dust jacket.
catalogue key
Issued also in electronic format.
Purchase; DSO; 2014; RB316015.
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From one of Canada's most beloved, bestselling authors who meshes laughter and tears like no other: Miriam Toews, with her wry wit and heartstopping poignancy, her irresistible voice, takes us right back to the unforgettable world of A Complicated Kindness . Two sisters in their forties, daughters of a "complicated" Mennonite family: Elfreida and Yolandi. Elf, happily married, wealthy, glamorous, sophisticated, is a world-renowned pianist; she wants to die. Yoli, divorced, broke, promiscuous, is author of a soon-to-be defunct series of YA rodeo novels; she wants to keep her sister alive. Elf's latest suicide attempt is...well, bad timing: she is 3 weeks away from the opening of her 5-city tour. Her long-time agent Claudio has been calling and neither Yolandi nor Elf's loving husband knows what to tell him. Can she be nursed back to "health" in time? Does it matter? As the cast of characters grows, the situation gets ever more complicated, and Yoli faces the most difficult decision of her life. With her familiar wit and poignancy, Miriam Toews takes us on a wild journey that will put your heart in your throat while offering a profound reflection on the duties and limits of familial love, on the right of the individual to dictate the terms of her own death, and on the particular difficulties that women face as they grow older--especially as regards sex, motherhood, guilt and loss. All My Puny Sorrows becomes a startling demonstration of how to carry on with hope and love and the business of living even when grief loads the heart.

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