By Miriam Toews
Elf and Yoli are sisters. whereas at the floor Elfrieda's lifestyles 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 young children turning out to be up too quickly), they're fiercely shut -- raised in a Mennonite family and sharing the hassle of Elf's wish to finish her existence. After Elf's most modern try, Yoli needs to fast confirm find out how to preserve her relations from falling aside, easy methods to maintain her personal center from breaking, and what it ability to like somebody who desires to die.
"All My Puny Sorrows" is the most recent novel from Miriam Toews, considered 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 most interesting: a narrative that's as a lot a comedy because it is a tragedy, a see you later grin from the buddy who taught you ways to reside.
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