All My Puny Sorrows
Publish date: 2014-11-06
Publisher: McSweeney's Books
Pages no: 330
Edition language: English
I always fall hard for the novels Miriam Toews writes and the characters she creates. A best selling author in Canada, most of her books involve individualistically inclined or exiled Mennonites balancing their traditional upbringing with the modern world in distinctive stories of personal struggle ...
I've spent the last week wondering if this book really was as good as I thought it was. Can a book about suicidality and the co-existence of great pain and great gifts in one person also be healing in some way? Can moments of great humor in the storytelling escape being in some way manipulative and ...
The first part of the novel was very strong, exploring how and why the two sisters might have grown apart and how they interact now that one specifically has wishes to end her life. The ending kind of blew it for me, but otherwise the characterizations were magnificent and the good writing did a goo...