By Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are sisters. whereas at the floor Elfrieda's existence is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, filthy rich, and fortunately married) and Yolandi's a multitude (she's divorced and broke, with youngsters transforming into up too quickly), they're fiercely shut -- raised in a Mennonite family and sharing the complication of Elf's wish to finish her existence. After Elf's most up-to-date test, Yoli needs to fast be certain easy methods to retain her relations from falling aside, tips to maintain her personal middle from breaking, and what it skill to like somebody who desires to die.
"All My Puny Sorrows" is the newest novel from Miriam Toews, one in every of Canada's such a lot cherished authors -- not just simply because her paintings is wealthy with deep human feeling and compassion yet simply because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly humorous. And this is often Toews at her most interesting: a narrative that's as a lot a comedy because it is a tragedy, a so long grin from the good friend who taught you ways to stay.
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All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
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