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    Moving, beautiful, funny, touching

    I bought this book because I have enjoyed all of the other books I have read by Miriam Toews and knew this would be a wonderful book. I was not, however, prepared by just how wonderful this book was. Ms. Toews has a style that is all her own and yet so inclusive you feel like you are living in a sort of parallel universe. Her narrative is such that, as I was reading some of the passages I could actually hear Yoli's voice and could have sworn it was my own. As they say in trite movie reviews, "I laughed, I cried, I cheered!" but I absolutely did all of those things. Thank you Miriam Toews for writing such a beautiful book which I realize could not have been easy to write, given that it is based on some of your personal history. In sharing what happened with you and your family, you have probably helped many, not just with the subject of people "killing by their own hand" but also that surrounding family dynamics of not just a family faced with suicide but a family that is faced with real life. I love your writing Miriam Toews and I wish I could be you when I grow up (I'm 53 now! haha!!) Thanks again, Happy Holidays and please keep writing. you do it so very well. Anne Creelman, Haliburton, ON
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    All My Puny Sorrows

    My first read of a Toews novel. I took a while to see her comedic writing, but what incredible wit in the face of great sadness. Sharing about suicide must be both liberating and hugely difficult, but Toews does justice to the subject while weaving together the great love in her family. Thanks
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    All my Puny Sorrows

    Not as enjoyable as previous books but neither was the subject. Really love her subtle humor and sense of place. Good way to tackle a sensitive subject.
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    All my puny sorrows

    Love this woman's writing have never read a bad one and this book lives up to her stander, thanks for making me think about the people in my life.
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    24 hours after finishing this book I am still shaken

    Suicide and depression, those oft-choked nuggets of contemporary literature, are a tricky terrain but one Toevs maneuvers deftly. The ache and anger of the people left to witness and endure are not wrought darkly but honestly and precisely, tempered with the shocks of humor and relief we experience when confronted by life's inevitable finality, self-inflicted or not.
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