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All My Puny Sorrows
All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close — raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada's most beloved authors — not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.
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llawela
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Have one of those families that manage to laugh during difficult times? Yeh, read this. The audio book is really, really good-- she captures the teen voices perfectly.

Cathythoughts ♥️ 2w
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour @Kaila-Ann @EmilyM @suvata

Group B is looking pretty solid. Great picks so far.

Kaylamburson Wow, they're efficient! Haha 2mo
suvata @Kaylamburson 👍🏻 2mo
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EmilyM
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@Mynameisacolour Is this book one you are good with? #LMPBC #GroupB

Mynameisacolour Sure is! Sounds interesting! 2mo
EmilyM @suvata This is my choice for Round 6 of #LMPBC #GroupB 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I have posted individually, but here are my finished books for #Booked2019 Spring
#NightOrientedtitle Hours Before Dawn
#CliFi Boca Raton
#IndigenousAuthor There There
#FeaturesAMusician All My Puny Sorrows
#SocialMediaFocus Friend Request
#FoodOrBeverageOnCover Bitter Orange

1. All My Puny Sorrows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. The Hours Before Dawn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Coming in third There There ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All the rest were fair to middling ...

Cinfhen Love those 4 & 5 star reviews🙌🏻and your collage is 😎❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks ♥️👍🏻. I have 2 summer prompts done also. Loving this challenge 3mo
Cinfhen Im so glad 😘 3mo
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mhillis Awesome 😎 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you read some great books this season! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 3mo
Cathythoughts @mhillis thankyou 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @4thhouseontheleft I did !! Thanks to this great challenge ♥️👍🏻 3mo
TrishB Great summary 😁 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
andrew61 Great choices cathy. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Avanders Have you read it ?! It‘s very good 3mo
Avanders @Cathythoughts no but it looks good! I‘ve added it to a tbr 😁 3mo
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sarahbarnes
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It‘s been a little while since I‘ve sobbed while reading a book. This is such a beautiful story of loss and grief, and at the same time of love and life and resilience and hope. I kept thinking of the Woolf quote: “I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.” #LitsyAtoZ

readordierachel Great review. I've got this one sitting on my shelf. Looking forward to the experience 💕 4mo
sarahbarnes @readordierachel Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. ❤️ 4mo
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sarahbarnes
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“Airport, car door, buy a shower curtain, get divorced.” This book is wrecking me. It‘s so incredibly sad, but also has lines that make me laugh out loud.

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Christine
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Loved this book. Exhibiting zero willpower, I started this the same day I finished my first Toews, Women Talking, and it confirmed that I‘ve found a new must-read author. I just really, really love her settings and characters, and her brilliant way of reflecting how the heartbreaking and the hilarious often coexist. (Also really enjoyed the audiobook narrator.)

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Cathythoughts
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#Booked2019 #FeaturesAMusician
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ lovely quotes & images throughout... the glass piano ... “Dear Child” ... The starlings departure.
Yoli and Elf ... Yoli‘s humour got me through this one. So beautiful..... Thankyou @LeahBergen

Cathythoughts And I never knew that “ Hobo” means homeward bound !! How apt for this book ♥️ (edited) 6mo
TrishB Lovely review 💕 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! It will stay with me ... ♥️ 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Wow 5 ⭐️! 👏❤️✅ 6mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm yes! It was a good one & , yes ✅. Must read Tommy Orange & then Spring is done & dusted ! I hope you are getting on well with your challenges , I think you have more than one challenge going ♥️ (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I recently ordered this book!! Can‘t wait to read it. Fabulous review and way to go on completing another prompt 🙌🏻❣️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks Cindy... it‘s a good one 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen Great review! I‘m so glad you liked it. 😘😘😘 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm You‘re on fire with this challenge, Cathy! 👏 😘 Nah, I‘m only doing this one challenge and I‘m all over the seasons because I‘m a mood reader. I‘m still not done with any particular season! 😂 But steady..I‘ll get there! 😆 6mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I loved it 😘 6mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm whatever way we are doing it ... it‘s fun ....👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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From : All My Puny Sorrows ... “By Private I mean to say unknowable. Only the music knew and it held secrets so that her playing was a puzzle, a whisper, and people afterwards stood in the bar and drank and said nothing because they were complicit. There were no words. “

#LostTogether #TimbitTunes I‘m savoring this beautiful book for #featuresamusician

TrishB Lovely 💕 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m so looking forward to reading this book!! And thank you for setting me straight with today‘s prompt 😁I had the wrong song title stuck in my head🙄👂🏼🐛🎶 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB 💕💕💕 6mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Cindy, is this book ok for #featuresamusician , as in does the musician have to be an IRL musician ( if so , I have other options 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cinfhen No, it‘s PERFECT!!!! So glad u found a book you‘re loving 🎵 (edited) 6mo
TheKidUpstairs Beautiful quote. 6mo
Moray_Reads Such a powerful, beautifully written book 💔 6mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen good to know ... I do love this book 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @TheKidUpstairs isn‘t it ??!! 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @Moray_Reads It‘s a lovely book 6mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thanks ♥️ 6mo
readordierachel Lovely quote. Will have to check this out 💕 6mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel there is some beautiful writing in this one ✨✨✨ 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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( ... it was the same bishop who had reprimanded my mother for wearing a wedding dress that was too full & billowy at the bottom. How am I to interpret this excess ? he‘d asked her . )

What is it about these lines that fill me with shame & sadness .... that a woman could be shamed for this .. for wearing something beautiful...
this quote has deeply resonated with me....

a beautiful book ( ... and funny too , just like life ✨

Cathythoughts And as for that bishop, I would love to give him a piece of my mind (edited) 6mo
TrishB So sad 😔 I see I have already stacked! 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m only a small bit into it ( #featuresamusician) but it‘s so beautifully written & real.... 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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I have begun this one for #featuresamusician #booked2019 @LeahBergen so beautiful & upsetting ...I‘ve had tears already. What a lovely gift , & I‘m only finding out what I have now ♥️👍🏻

merelybookish I love Toews writing and that book is beautiful but not a light read. 6mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish no , not light ... but very real ♥️ 6mo
LeahBergen Oh, I hope you enjoy it! 😘 6mo
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Reggie Just reading the description got me a little emotional. How do you love someone who wants to die. Jesus. Stacked. 6mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks I really am loving this book ... I‘d never heard of this writer before & I‘m very grateful to you ♥️👍🏻 6mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie... it‘s very good Reggie.. a real gem 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Cinfhen I recently purchased this book!!! Can‘t wait to see your review 6mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I‘m not that far in yet , but already know it‘s a really good one. 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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Thankyou Leah X such lovely gifts to receive , looking forward to the books & chocolate ( maple crunch ☺️) & tea ! And such beautiful bookmarks..., feeling well & truly spoiled to pieces. Happy Christmas to you & yours 👍🏻♥️. Thankyou 😘, Cathy XX

saresmoore A beautiful gift and such wonderful books! 8mo
Cathythoughts @saresmoore yes! I think so too. 👍🏻♥️ I‘m delighted ☺️ 8mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so glad it arrived. You‘re very welcome - it was just a little “thank you” for the lovely birthday parcel you sent to me! 😘😘 8mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It is a lovely parcel .... Thankyou so much ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
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erinreads
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So many great finds today the Friends of the Library bookstore! Anytime I find a copy of All My Puny Sorrows there, I always buy it so I can gift it to someone since it is one of my all time favorite books. And I was happy to finally find some older John Boyne books as well! 😍

Christine Great finds! And I keep meaning to get to Miriam Toews... 10mo
BookNAround Cool ampersand. 10mo
OrangeMooseReads Love a good book sale especially friends of the library sales. Also that ampersand is fantastic. 10mo
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DivaDiane
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First, let me thank everyone who entered my #2x2giveaway with a recommendation of a book with a major musical element. My TBR stack has grown so much!

Second, let me apologize for setting the wrong date as the deadline for the giveaway. If you‘ve been waiting anxiously for me to announce, I‘m sorry! Life got in the way!

And finally, congrats to @Lindy , who the RNG has chosen as the winner!! Send your email addy to divadianepoetry at gmail !

AmyG Yay @Lindy 🎉 10mo
AsYouWish Yay!!! Congrats @Lindy 📚🎉📖🎊 10mo
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LeahBergen Yay, @Lindy !👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Lindy @DivaDiane I can‘t believe it! Thank you so much! I will send you an email with my contact info. 🎶💐💐💐🎶 10mo
Lindy @AmyG @AsYouWish @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen Wow. I put down my phone for a few hours to entertain Thanksgiving supper guests and look what an exciting thing happened! I‘m so pleased. 😁 10mo
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Stephkesey
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How the f had I never read Miriam Toews before? As a daughter of a dad who committed suicide, who respects his choice, and reserves the right to both ache with his absence and also crack jokes about him/it, I felt, first, so held and taken care of with her gorgeous, perfectly petty sense of humor, then gutted by the book‘s final line, in the acknowledgements, “and finally, to my beautiful sister, Marjorie Anne Toews: comic genius, badly missed.”

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Ashley85
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The first 100 pages or so had me intrigued, but my interest waned after that. I guess it was just a little too bleak for me right now. It did have some great moments like this one here.

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Ashley85
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Difficult subject to write about, but the author is doing a great job so far chronicling the relationship between these two sisters of how one is fighting for the other to will to live. The writing style is unusual for me, but it‘s working. #amreading

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Heideschrampf
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🌅😍📖

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Heideschrampf
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Reading, while the sunburn gently weeps...

Sarah83 First day and sunburned? 😊 1y
Heideschrampf @Sarah83 yupp... took a bike trip and forgot that though there‘s wind there‘s still sun... silly me... i even burned my feet! (edited) 1y
JacqMac Oh no! 1y
Sarah83 Oh my. 😫 Sunburn on the feet is pretty bad. 😕 1y
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alisonrose
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This is tough to review because it's so sad and bleak, and told in a way that's hard to get ahold of. The writing at times is very moving and sharp, and I appreciated the beginnings of an exploration of severe depression ... but I wish it went beyond those beginnings! We got very little of Elf's actual story, and none of the characters got any kind of arc. The family dynamics were well done but I wanted a bit more structure and depth. 3/5 ⭐️

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When I listened to her play I felt I should not be there in the same room with her. There were hundreds of people but nobody left. It was a private pain. By private I mean to say unknowable. Only the music knew and it held secrets so that her playing was a puzzle, a whisper, and people afterwards stood in the bar and drank and said nothing because they were complicit. There were no words.

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alisonrose
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Public enemy number one for these men was a girl with a book.

💁🏻📚🖕🏻

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alisonrose
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I don't like the word "puny" and it's a weird one to use in a title, but I'll try not to hold it against the book ? #nowreading

Lindy The line is from a poem by Coleridge, and refers to the death of a sister, so it fits the novel. I love this book. “I too a Sister had, an only Sister —
She lov'd me dearly, and I doted on her!
To her I pour'd forth all my puny sorrows”
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alisonrose @Lindy Oh I'd read that it was from a poem, it's just still weird to me - one of those words I just irrationally dislike, haha 1y
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kelseynicburke
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Today is World Book Day! I scoured my room trying to find books set in different countries around the world and I managed 24 countries. I think I need to branch out more 🤨🌎 @maich #bookworldday #aprilbookishmadness

julesG Wow! I think I have less different countries on my shelves. 😉 1y
BiblioLitten Awesome!! 1y
tammysue Thats fantastic! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Very cool! 1y
maich Great idea!! 1y
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Tertubotn
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A book on a tough topic, but written with compassion and a surprising sense of humor, and leaves you oddly uplifted at the end. Toews was moved to write this book after her sister committed suicide, and the book is about two sisters in the same situation. Miriam Toews is well known im Canada, and should be better known in the US. Think a Mennonite Elizabeth Strout with a dark sense of humor. I‘ll be reading more of her novels.

Heideschrampf What a lovely cover! 1y
Tertubotn IIt is - makes me want to frame it and hang it on my wall. 😍 1y
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Tertubotn
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I love the opening sentence of this book “Our house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979.” So far, I‘m enjoying the other sentences too.

RaimeyGallant I like it. 1y
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Moray_Reads
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Jumping right in on @Jas16's giveaway about great literary siblings. There are so many but I'm picking Elfrieda and Yolandi from AMPS. Their relationship powerful and raw. It rings true in every page and it broke my heart into a billion, billion pieces 😢 #jasuary16

merelybookish Good one! That book is beautiful and heartbreaking. Toews has such a unique voice! 2y
Jas16 This has been on my TBR forever. I really need to read it. Thanks for entering! 2y
saresmoore YES! 2y
Hoopiefoot This is one of my all-time favorites! 2y
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Panpan

This wasn't really my type of read in terms of style or content. Just finished it for my first half hour of #24in48 On to something else now...what to choose, what to choose?

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It's snowing out! I'm huddled up in the corner pocket of the sectional at my brother and sister in law's house. #comfy #cozy #readingtime

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Kodak2057
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I really loved A Complicated Kindness and so had high hopes but this kind of fell short for me. The writing style is witty but the character development seemed very surface area. The plot was slow and I felt like the story had ended probably 2-3 chapters before the book. I still like Toews and will continue to read her books but this wasn't a winner for me.

BooksAndChopsticks Omg I felt the same way! Unfortunately it was my first Toews book and I don't know if I can read her others. Honestly it was so whinney for me and I didn't have empathy for the characters at all 🙄 2y
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Kodak2057
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I want to do this next time I move 😂

BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha. Yes. And the last line of the paragraph above. Whaaaattt?? 😜 2y
Kodak2057 Lmao I know!! 2y
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Kodak2057
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Working on my book club book on a quiet Saturday

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that a bunch of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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Kodak2057 Great link thanks! Answered a lot of questions I had ❤️ 2y
Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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Purrfectpages
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Cinfhen Well done 💚 2y
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BooksAndChopsticks
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book - I've heard so many good things about Toews and we share the same hometown, but it fell short for me.
The good: witty writing style
The bad: not enough substance for me (the character development wasn't deep enough for me to relate to any of the them. The lack of a moving plot made me feel as though I was spinning my wheels.
Hoping A Complicated Kindness will be a better fit for me 😬

⭐️⭐️⭐️

msc1977 I just couldn't. 2y
MrBook Nice review! 2y
Kodak2057 I agree! Finished last night. I really loved A Complicated Kindness but this just didn't hook me like I'd hoped. 2y
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BooksAndChopsticks
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Have you ever really wanted love a book but aren't sure yet, so halfway through you read some reviews on it just to make sure it's worth finishing? Maybe I'm just not in the mood these days to read a plotless story about one sister's ongoing desperate attempts to convince her sibling that life is worth living. Or maybe it hits too close to home. I do appreciate the Manitoba references and unapologetic wit of her writing though. Onwards.

msc1977 Omg! I'm so with you on this. I want to enjoy this, but I am having trouble caring. 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Maybe because I went from reading about 19th century problems (like surviving drought and dying from consumption) to 21st century problems 🙄. 2y
msc1977 Yeah and I just went left the Russian revolution. 2y
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BooksAndChopsticks
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This is so true about Winnipeg - having grown up in this "dark and fecund corner of the world", I can attest to its artistic allure.

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msc1977
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I have twenty pages left of The House of Special Purpose; and then it's on to this.
#allmypunysorrows #miriamtoews
Book clubbing with @BooksAndChopsticks 📚

BooksAndChopsticks Yay! I'm two chapters in and already have comments 😄 2y
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BooksAndChopsticks
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My hubs has a very clever way to mark your spot - use a business card and choose a specific graphic section to mark which line you're on 🤓#johnnylowtech #bookhacks #dogsoflitsy

Kaye That's funny how your pup is sitting/standing on the couch. 😁 2y
BooksAndChopsticks @kaye she thinks she can fit but she really can't 🙄. Big dog problems 2y
Kaye Cute. What's her name ? 2y
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msc1977 Oh Gaucomolly 🤗 2y
SpookyHouseofBooks She's cute 2y
BooksAndChopsticks @msc1977 is correct - her full name is Molly Bloom (my hubs is a big James Joyce fan 😄) 2y
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BooksAndChopsticks
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Here we go. I recovered from East of Eden. Now for a 21st century read with 21st century treats 😁#litsypartyofone #read&eats

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BooksAndChopsticks
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How am I to start a new book when the elephant keeps giving me the eyes 🙄🐘 #dogsoflitsy

Mackypup What a face! ❤🐶 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Aww so sweet! How can you resist?😁🐶 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Oh I can't resist 🙄. Then the floor puddles with her drool. 😟 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder HE'S SO CUTE! 😍 2y
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OhNoMersault
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Bahhh, this book ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. So funny and so wrenching. Beautiful story of trying to save a loved one that won't allow for saving and holding a family together.

ReadingEnvy This one sinks into you.. I swear at first it seems like a light read and then BAM 2y
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OhNoMersault
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"Just because someone is eating the ashes of your protagonist doesn't mean you stop telling the story."

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OhNoMersault
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Been there.

shawnmooney This is an amazing novel, or at least I thought so! 😍😍 2y
Zelma Ugh. That was a punch to the gut. 2y
Reggie Yikes!!!! 2y
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OhNoMersault
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Bought a $2 used copy and it turned out to be signed.

mom2bugnbee Love when that happens! My daughter recently had the same thing happen at a used book store. 2y
EvieBee What a deal! Love this woman. 2y
Redwritinghood Nice! Like finding buried treasure. 2y
ohyeahthatgirl Aw this book hurt my heart and I loved it. 2y
OhNoMersault @ohyeahthatgirl , I've been intentionally pushing it to the bottom of the pile because I've lost a few family members to suicide. I'm hoping this brings some catharsis. (edited) 2y
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Moray_Reads
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I'm not sure I've ever cried as much over a book as I did with this one. It's a painfully raw and personal look about living with a suicidal sibling. It's unflinching and unsentimental and nuanced, tackling all the conflicting emotions. Toews' ability to write so clear-sightedly (the book is based closely in her own life) is remarkable and it has helped me come to terms with some similar experiences #TearinUpMyHeart #90sInJuly

saresmoore Great choice for this prompt. 2y
shawnmooney Love love LOVED this one! 💜 2y
Moray_Reads @shawnmooney it's incredible. I love it 2y
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drokka
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My new commute book courtesy of @MonikaS and the #summersolsticebookexchange #summersantagoespostal

MonikaS 😊 2y
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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Catching up on #Riotgrams! This is one of the first books that came to mind for #BooksThatMadeYouCry. "Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-wide pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her sister alive." This book challenged me. This book wrecked me. #CanLit

dixi_e Years after reading this I'm still stuck with the memories of the characters and their stories. This book is phenomenal. It and Indian Horse are the two #mustread recs for #CanLit and great lit in general I give out, solicited or not. 😁 2y
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merelybookish
All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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Just finished listening to this today. Toews's writing teeters between funny quirk and devestating sadness. This is the second novel I've read by her. I like her stuff and her distinctive voice, but I also feel like I don't need to read her again for a while.
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ohyeahthatgirl I'm very close to my sister and this book wrecked me. 2y
ReadingEnvy I thought about this one long after finishing it. 2y
merelybookish @ohyeahthatgirl I have just one sister as well. It made me think a lot about her and our relationship. 2y
merelybookish @ReadingEnvy Yes, I can imagine it stays with you. In part it's Toews voice, I think. Which is so honest and direct. 2y
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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This novel for me is a did not finish, at 55% I just has to put it down and I will not be picking it back up again. This novel is about depression and suicide and the toll that is takes on the person suffering with depression and those around them. It was not the subject matter that turned me off the book far from it in fact. It was the total lack of character development and emotion in the novel.

BooksAndChopsticks I felt the exact same way. I did finish but it fell flat for me. 2y
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