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.