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 large number (she's divorced and broke, with kids starting to be up too quickly), they're fiercely shut -- raised in a Mennonite loved ones and sharing the worry of Elf's wish to finish her lifestyles. After Elf's most modern test, Yoli needs to fast make certain tips on how to retain her relatives from falling aside, tips on how to maintain 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 such a lot loved 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 can be Toews at her best: 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 the way to reside.
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