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All My Puny Sorrows

A novel

Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015
Sunday Times Top Choice Summer Read

Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.

Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.

Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.

When Elf´s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.

Miriam Toews´s All My Puny Sorrows, at once tender and unquiet, offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities.

´The novel she has written - so exquisitely that you´ll want to savour every word - reads as if it has been wrenched from her heart.´ Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

´[Miriam Toews] has produced a masterly book of such precise dignity. It is, also against all the odds, at times a desperately humorous novel.´ Daily Mail

´Toews takes her place alongside Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood and Mordicai Richler as the loveliest quintet of Canadian writing.´ Los Angeles Times

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What holds this novel together, stops it from becoming saturated with sorrow, is a wit so sharp it hurts to laugh at certain scenes ... [Toews] also takes us on a heart-rending journey through her characters' emotional landscapes, via the cruel terrain of despair in which Elf becomes stranded, shedding light on the darkest of places . Paperback of the Week The Observer
Portrait
Miriam Toews (pronounced tâves) was born in 1964 in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba, in Canada. She has published six novels - including A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth and All My Puny Sorrows -and a memoir of her father, Swing Low. Toews is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the Governor General´s Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award (twice), and the Rogers Writers´ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2007 she made her screen debut in the film Luz silenciosa. She was nominated for Best Actress at Mexico´s Ariel Awards for her performance.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 336
Erscheinungsdatum 01.04.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-571-30529-2
Reihe Faber & Faber Fiction
Verlag Faber & Faber
Maße (L/B/H) 198/130/25 mm
Gewicht 259
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