The Troutman family is facing serious change. With their mother remitted to the mental hospital again, precocious 11-year-old Thebes and rebellious 15-year-old Logan place a call to their aunt Hattie in Paris, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend. This motley trio heads south across the border into the States on a road trip to find the children's long-lost father.
Along the way, all of the travelers come to see themselves and each other in new and unexpected ways.
©2008 Miriam Toews; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"Emulating the comedic stylings of indie hits like Little Miss Sunshine provides a wealth of material and a breath of fresh air for Canadian novelist Toews." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A road novel helped along by a lovably nutty cast." (Publishers Weekly)
Not as good as A Complicated Kindness, which I loved, but alright.
It's more of the same, funny, cute and a variety of unique characters.
But, again, not as good as A Complicated Kindness.
I gave up about two hours into the book - the kids were far too precocious, and the plot seemed to be going nowhere.
This is certainly a fun book and I was delighted to find Miriam Toews on the Audible.com list and would love to see more Canadian authors make it onto Audible. This is basically the story of a madcap roadtrip undertaken in desperation by the aunt of a teenage boy and an 11-year old girl, together with those children, to find their father after their mother goes into hospital with mental health problems. Ultimately, after crossing the entire United States, they find him. But I was unsatisfied by the conclusion. Hattie, the narrator, commits herself to looking after her sister, Min (the one with the mental health issues), in the wake of a failed love affair. But as the book makes clear, Hattie has tried to do this many times before, without success. Why should the reader believe it's going to work this time? The story ends seemingly prematurely without a full resolution, perhaps like life itself, but I am not a reader who believes that art should exactly imitate life. Readers expect a story to have a more satisfying conclusion than life often affords, and I believe an author should respect these expectations. In this story, Toews doesn't, which is why I thought it not as good as her earlier novel, A Complicated Kindness.
A tender story,about human frailty and a look at our own imperfections.Erin Moon was the perfect voice for the characters. Miriam Toews is a great writer of real dialogue Glad to see her represented here. More please.
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