Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married,) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life.
"Brilliant and beautiful"
Award-winning author Miriam Toews is known for her razor-sharp wit. In A Complicated Kindness, Mennonite Nomi Nichol belongs to “the most embarrassing subsect of people to belong to if you’re a teenager.” Her mother and sister have already fled their fundamentalist community in Manitoba. Now Nomi, fighting off despair, tries to find herself while hiding behind a facade of biting humor.
"Amazing book & amazing narration!"
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Miriam Toews won widespread accolades for this unusual tale of two mothers. Lucy and her free-spirited friend Lish live with their children in Have-a-Life housing for single mothers - until they set out to find the fire-eating father of Lish's twins.
A treasure of Canadian letters, Miriam Toews has earned numerous awards. With Irma Voth, Toews delivers a witty novel of great humanity and emotional poignancy. Cast from her Mennonite family for marrying a Mexican man she barely knows, 19-year-old Irma finds herself in an untenable situation. But when a film crew arrives to document her insular community, Irma begins a remarkable journey to redemption and discovering all she may become.
"In my opinion, not Toews best."
Winner of the Governor's General Award for fiction, Miriam Toews writes endearing novels that are amusing and full of surprising turns. 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.
"Great story, wonderful narrator"
Award-winning author Miriam Toews delivers a funny novel about the smallest town in Canada. Algren, Manitoba, has 1,500 residents, and its obsessive mayor intends to keep it that way. For if Algren dips below 1,500, it becomes a village - and the prime minister has only promised to visit Canada's smallest town.