All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows

by Miriam Toews


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ISBN-13: 9781940450278
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She lives in Toronto.

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All My Puny Sorrows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
claudia_piepenburg3 More than 1 year ago
This was the first, but certainly will not be the last, Miriam Toews book I will read. Ms. Toews has written a beautifully crafted story of death (specifically by suicide, and not just one but several), familial love (particularly between sisters), dealing with profound loss and the fascinating dynamics of family relationships. There wasn't a sour note anywhere; it's obvious that Toews carefully considers every word before she puts fingertips to keys. She has a remarkable skill: creating scenes that are both heartbreaking and amusing, sometimes simultaneously. On more than one occasion I had tears welling up in my eyes, and a sentence or two later I nearly laughed out loud at something a character had said. She uses no quotation marks, which I found to be the perfect format: quotation marks can be distracting and after awhile I don't think most readers notice them, anyway. When an author writes as well as Toews, the reader has no trouble figuring out who's speaking, the dialogue flows like an exquisite river. Read this book and prepare to be drawn into richly-drawn lives. You will never forget the sisters Elf and Yoli. This book is a wonder.
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