Review: All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will be forever grateful to the patron who came into our library after reading this and proceeded to request everything written by Miriam Toewes. I knew I had wanted to read this but had stuck it on my ‘someday’ list. Due to her enthusiasm, I put it on my ‘now’ list.

This book is about sisters, suicide, mid-life floundering, oppressive upbringings and grief. And yet, it did not bring me down. Elf and Marjorie have a close and beautiful, if not perfect all the time, relationship. And they love their slightly kooky mother and enjoy her company. More than that, the writing just sparkles. I had to make a decision to not write down all the phrases that I loved, because I wanted to continue with the story.

Highly recommended.

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