By Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are sisters. whereas at the floor Elfrieda's existence is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, prosperous, and fortunately married) and Yolandi's a multitude (she's divorced and broke, with little ones growing to be up too quickly), they're fiercely shut -- raised in a Mennonite family and sharing the complication of Elf's wish to finish her lifestyles. After Elf's newest try out, Yoli needs to fast make certain easy methods to retain her relatives from falling aside, tips to hold her personal center from breaking, and what it capability to like a person who desires to die.
"All My Puny Sorrows" is the newest novel from Miriam Toews, certainly one of Canada's so much 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 best: a narrative that's as a lot a comedy because it is a tragedy, a see you later grin from the good friend who taught you ways to reside.
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