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Fight Night

By: Miriam Toews
Narrated by: Miriam Toews,Georgia Toews
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Women Talking and All My Puny Sorrows, a compassionate, darkly humorous, and deeply wise new novel about three generations of women.

“You're a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv's grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious community, she has fought those who wanted to take away her joy, her independence, and her spirit. She has fought to make peace with her loved ones when they have chosen to leave her. And now, even as her health fails, Grandma is fighting for her family: for her daughter, partner-less and in the third term of a pregnancy; and for her granddaughter Swiv, a spirited nine-year-old who has been suspended from school. Cramped together in their Toronto home, on the precipice of extraordinary change, Grandma and Swiv undertake a vital new project, setting out to explain their lives in letters they will never send.   

Alternating between the exuberant, precocious voice of young Swiv and her irrepressible, tenacious Grandma, Fight Night is a love letter to mothers and grandmothers, and to all the women who are still fighting - painfully, ferociously - for a way to live on their own terms.

©2021 Miriam Toews (P)2021 Knopf Canada

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Charming, Heartfelt and Funny

Very charming, heartfelt and funny novel. The characters are well developed and pull you in. Highly recommend.

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LOVE LOVE LOVED!

One of my absolute favorite read/listens of 2021! This book was so endearing! The relationship between the precocious granddaughter, Swiv, and her grandmother is one of the most genuinely touching aspects of this beautiful story about three generations of women and life with all of it's love and loss, magic and reality, progression and regression. If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud so hard you almost pee your pants and then tear up the next moment - this is for you. It is more of a character driven story and the author, Miriam Toews, does a 5 star phenomenal job at development of all three of the three primary characters - Grandma, Mom, and Swiv. I HIGHLY recommend the audible version narrated by Miriam and Georgia Toews- you will miss the heart of this story without that narration, I think. SO well done! Even if this is not your typical genre (it wasn't mine) READ IT! I promise you will not be disappointed! 5 well deserved stars!

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wondering why i got sucked in??

This tale is written from the perspective of a child (maybe a 9ish year old girl) You really aren't given much info about her or her relatives but your realize she is speaking about herself, her mother and grandmother. Its as if you are dropped into the middle of their life and have to glean the background of the relationship between these three women from the musings and observations of the child. Its get real old after a while and the story doesn't go anywhere. I may finish, as i only have less than an hour to go. So far, I have to say, I'm still wondering where the story is....

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Stick with it to the end

The first half is mostly character development but if you stay with a story you will be rewarded with some serious laughter and tears! A heartwarming tale.