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Women Talking
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
A transformative and necessary work--as completely unexpected as it is inspired--by the award-winning author of the bestselling novels All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness. Based on actual events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged unconscious and assaulted in the night by what they were told (by the men of the colony) were "ghosts" or "demons," Miriam Toews' bold and affecting novel Women Talking is an imagined response to these real events. The novel takes place over forty-eight hours, as eight women gather in secret in a neighbour's barn while the men are in a nearby town posting bail for the attackers. They have come together to debate, on behalf of all the women and children in the community, whether to stay or leave before the men return. Taking minutes is the one man trusted and invited by the women to witness the conversation--a former outcast whose own surprising story is revealed as the women speak. By turns poignant, witty, acerbic, bitter, tender, devastating, and heartbreaking, the voices in this extraordinary novel are unforgettable. Toews has chosen to focus the novel tightly on a particular time and place, and yet it contains within its 48 hours and setting inside a hayloft an entire vast universe of thinking and feeling about the experience of women (and therefore men, too) in our contemporary world. In a word: astonishing.
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Mynameisacolour
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These poor women! This had me emotionally invested from the get go, although the format on this one really threw me off and along with the unfamiliar names made it harder to process. A heavy, heavy read that will definitely stay with me. 💔

Mynameisacolour Also, I loved August and So wished he would have gone with the women. 1w
Reggie Me too 1w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I had a hard time with the fact that the book was narrated by a man, but I did want him to go with them too. He could at least translate for them. However, the real women the book is based on left their community not knowing the country or language, so I think it was important to stay true to that. 7d
she.epeolatry Yes, this was … a lot 6d
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Mynameisacolour
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j9brown
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This gets a Wow. I'll be thinking about these characters for a long time. And even the narrator, who I really disliked for most of the book.
This group of women and their children are victims of absolutely horrifying crimes, and with so much heart and love and rage and even humor, they discuss what they must do next.
Has this ever been adapted into a play? I think it would be amazing.

(So glad this was my #bookspin book! @TheAromaofBooks)

Reggie I think in the way that Octavia Butler and Angie Thomas give their Black female protagonists white boyfriends, Toews is challenging women by making the narrator a man. And we even read he is not even thought of as a man by some of the women and the rest of the community. He is gentle and has his own hard history. Does his gender make him an an enemy? I loved this book also. She makes great effort to break up all the hard stuff with love and humor. 2w
j9brown @Reggie Yeah, it's like, is he complicit because he is still ranked above the women, or is he a victim of the patriarchal system too because he doesn't fit the mold of what a man "should" be? Having it from his POV puts distance between the reader and the women too, their suffering is unimaginable and unknowable to us. It's their thoughts that are the focus here, instead. I'm rambling, lol, but the more I think about it the more I love the book! 2w
jlhammar Fantastic book! 2w
Reggie It‘s been 2 years since I‘ve read it and my brain and heart light up when I talk about it and see others love it here on Litsy. 2w
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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This book was very good. I will say though, I did find it very distracting that the narrator was a man. I will have to look into why the author made that choice. But it is one of the reasons why I think this would be an excellent book club pick. It's also based on true events (that I will also be looking more into).

jdiehr Yes, I spent quite a bit of time Googling after finishing this book 2w
Erinreadsthebooks I love this book! 2w
j9brown I'm almost done with this book myself and have been wondering the same thing. I kind of get the choice (wanting to tell their story from a sort of outsider-looking-in perspective) but I find him a little obnoxious. Anyhow, I'll be googling this one soon, too 😄 2w
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staci.reads
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Such an original and powerful story! I'm not sure how to review it though.Written as the minutes of a two-day meeting among women of a Mennonite colony trying to sort through their choices after the widespread rape of the women of the colony by a group of men in the colony who had snuck into their homes and drugged them over the course of 2 years. First, the town leader tried to convince them it was spirits punishing them. ⬇️

staci.reads Thenwhen the rapists were arrested, the men of the colony go yo bail them out of jail and the women decide they need to make some decisions. The discussion among the women is heartrending and clever as they discuss the harshly patriarchal society and their place in it. 3w
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cdreincarnate
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Not sure how I feel about a book called “Women Talking” being narrated by a man, but overall I still found this book to be pretty powerful and I‘m glad I read it.

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jdiehr
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This one packs a punch.

I didn't realize this was based on a true story until I Googled it after finishing the book.

What a tragic story.

The women in a Mennonite community wake up groggy and aching after being sedated with a spray used on animals and raped.

The men are sent away for a couple of days 😡 and the women meet in a hay loft to discuss what they should do next.

Unbelievable.

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kplovesbooks
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$1.99 on Kindle today; I grabbed it! Sounds really interesting. Has anyone read it?

jdiehr I clicked on it and learned I had ordered it months ago 😂 4mo
kplovesbooks @jdiehr 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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Amie
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I don't recommend this book for everyone. I didn't really like the structure but in the end there was something about the characters & story that moved me. Main reason I read it is that it's about Mennonites, which is uncommon to find in mainstream lit. I grew up in a Menno. family and church (not Menno. now & def do NOT endorse this religion), so it's interesting to read about a culture that I'm familiar with & most ppl don't know much about. ⬇️

Amie The Mennonite sect in this book is also VASTLY different from anything I experienced growing up. Partly because it's a different sect, partly the author's imagination possibly, partly that this community isolated itself so much that they drifted from original Menno. beliefs. 4mo
Amie Also, this is NOT the book to read if you're looking for a depiction of what the majority of Mennonites are like and what they believe. This is a very isolated nonstandard Mennonite sect. 4mo
Reggie Great review. I just loved that this book could have been all anger all the way through and it‘s not. 4mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 86 Women Talking is a historical fiction novel about women in a Mennonite community in Brazil that were drugged and raped at night by men in their community but were told they were being punished by demons for their sins. I was so drawn in! The title is apropos; the novel is the women trying to decide what to do. It's funny and philosophical but dry. The author is an ex-Mennonite, and I am very interested to read her memoir.

3.5 stars

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NikkiKey94
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This book is based on a true story. A group of Mennonite women finally speak up about their sexual assaults and how they are going to put a stop to them. I enjoyed this book and found the women to have some incredible courage. 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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TheLudicReader
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It‘s not you, it‘s me, Miriam. Y‘know I love you, right? Just not this book. #bookspin bail @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB Neither did I... 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!! 8mo
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TheLudicReader
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I landed two Canadian authors for May‘s #bookspin. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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perfectsinner
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Panpan

This was a weird book and I wasn't a fan.

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Reviewsbylola
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When you accidentally buy more books. #bookoutlet

slategreyskies Accidentally! 😂 😂 😂 10mo
Cinfhen Love this photo!!! And I really loved 10mo
Ruthiella Your hand just slipped, did it? 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly I loved Dr. Mutter‘s Marvels! Please bring the fam to Philly so I can take you to the museum. 😘 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oopsy.. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
vivastory We've all been there before! 📚📚📚 Echoing @Cinfhen I 💙 Women Talking. I really must read more Toews. 10mo
Tattooedteacher Accident happen. 10mo
TrishB Awesome ♥️ 10mo
merelybookish An abundance of riches! 😀 10mo
Megabooks Lovely pile! 10mo
TheLudicReader Haha. Accidentally. 10mo
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akfreeborn
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I‘ve had this on my tbr stack for too long. Set in a Mennonite colony where it‘s men were drugging and raping its women and children, the book centers on the choices these women had when it‘s men would return. The tale is told by a male transcriber documenting the choices the women had, discussing it philosophically and practically. An interesting internal view of a closed off real life community in Bolivia. Toews is a remarkable writer!

Erinreadsthebooks An excellent book, for sure!! 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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PSA: If you are in the States and own a Kindle, Women Talking is on sale today for a super low price. I highly highly highly recommend it!!!!

Erinreadsthebooks So good!!! 11mo
jdiehr Ooh! Heading over to check it out right now... 11mo
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nosferatu
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(Soundtrack: Chilly Gonzales - A Very Chilly Christmas)

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jenniferw88
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MsMelissa Nicely done! 13mo
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vivastory
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I read this in late June & was deeply moved by it. At the time I rated it 4 stars, but it has stuck with me since I read it. What Toews accomplished in a little over 200 pages is astonishing & Women Talking is easily one of my favorites of the year. I've revised my rating to 5 stars. I 💯 agree with the Lithub headline:
https://lithub.com/frances-mcdormand-and-sarah-polley-are-bringing-women-talking...

TheKidUpstairs This book was fantastic. And these women will do it justice! 13mo
Suet624 This is fantastic news. Loved the book and these actresses. 13mo
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs Couldn't agree more! 13mo
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vivastory @Suet624 France McDormand has been a fave since Fargo. Can't wait to see her in this. Have you read any other books by Toews? 13mo
Suet624 McDormand was so good in Fargo. That movie, geesh. So good. She was great in Olive Kittredge too. As for Toews, I think I've read almost every one of hers over the years. Some are better than others. I liked A Complicated Kindness, Irma Voth, and All My Puny Sorrows. Women Talking might have been the best for the reason you mention - she packs so much into such a short novel. 13mo
vivastory @Suet624 I have All My Puny Sorrows (always loved that title) on my TBR. Adding the rest. Thanks for the recs! I completely forgot she was in Olive Kittredge. 13mo
Suet624 Great title indeed. I hope you enjoy. 13mo
Reggie I would totally go watch this movie. @Suet624 I just watched Fargo again this past week! ‘Love ya, Marge.‘ ‘Love ya, Norm‘ I like Coen brothers‘ movies. I‘ve only watched 3 but they all had that money is the root of all theme to them. 13mo
vivastory @Reggie Which 3 have you seen? 13mo
vivastory @Reggie Also I was genuinely surprised by how much how I loved Fargo tv series. I only watched seasons 1 & 2, but I thought they were fantastic 13mo
Reggie @vivastory Burn After Reading, Fargo, No Country for Old Men but I just looked them up turns out I‘ve also seen Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski. I haven‘t seen the Fargo series but I want to because they say Chris Rock is now in it. 13mo
vivastory @Reggie Burn After Reading is one of my favorite comedies. Sometimes my coworker & I will have paperwork for each other & we'll say, "Do you have the shit? The secret shit?" ? 13mo
Vansa Burn after reading is excellent! 13mo
Suet624 @Reggie oh, Raising Arizona is brilliant. I agree about the Fargo tv series too. Seasons 1 through 3 were riveting and weird. Season 4 with Chris Rock I‘m finding to be disappointing unfortunately. 13mo
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Of the 4 books I‘ve read so far in December, I guess this was my favorite, though none of them blew me away. I‘m looking forward to the rest of the month and hoping for some great reads!

booksellerofyourdiscontent Your bingo card looks great and really festive! 13mo
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Bibliogeekery
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I had been nervous to read this book because of the subject matter (a Mennonite community where women and children are being drugged and raped at night) but I'm glad I finally took the plunge. The book is about the women deciding what to do in light of what has happened. It's about justice and collective decision making and faith and autonomy and love. It's powerful and funny and sweet at times, heart-breaking at others.

Reggie Yeah, she did a really good job of not having this book be a one note of anger kind of book. I really like this. 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Reggie that's SUCH a good way of putting it! 13mo
Moray_Reads It's so well done, so much nuance. I love Miriam Toews 13mo
Erinreadsthebooks I loved this book! 13mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Next up!

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Jas16
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Mennonite women who have been drugged and raped repeatedly along with their children and friends are told they must forgive their abusers, who are being bailed out of jail, in order to gain entry to Heaven. They gather to discuss what they consider their only options do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. None of these choices are easy. Just women talking but a powerful conversation to hear and reflect on. #thinkpink #booked2020

BarbaraBB Fab review. 1y
Reggie I loved this book so much. Glad you liked it! 1y
LeahBergen Great review! 1y
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Eggs
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
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jenniferw88
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Post 4 of 5.

Fiction card for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB Ali and Nino is really good! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Cinfhen
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#3Books....That Made Me Mad......Tagged book made me SO MAD!!! Based on a true events that happened between 2005-2009
The other two books are NF and will make your blood boil.....#NewsAlert ✴️America is not the land of equality

merelybookish Women Talking is infuriating! And so well written. 1y
AnansiGirl I haven‘t read this book, but I heard the news on that incident. Utterly disgusting how those women were treated within their own community. 😡 1y
Cinfhen Agreed @merelybookish @AnansiGirl book is phenomenal 🙌🏻 1y
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TrishB Tagged one still on my tbr! 1y
Freespirit I'm finding I can't read books that make me mad at the moment😬...maybe one day 1y
Cinfhen @Freespirit understandable!!! I‘m not able to read or listen to anything at the moment 😩 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Agree with middle book!! 🤬🤬 1y
OriginalCyn620 📚😤📚 1y
Suet624 Yup to all three 1y
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Mitch
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That headline has got to be the best description of my favourite books!

https://crimereads.com/diverse-women-authored-novels-set-in-remote-and-forgotten...

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rmaclean4
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Powerful Book, I inhaled it over the course of 24 hours. Philosophical and disturbing. Another author that I want to read more of. 4 🌟

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LauraBrook
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Right between a pick and a so-so for me. I liked the insular community and short timeline for this book, and I liked the storyline as well, horrifying and upsetting as it was. But I didn‘t totally love it and can‘t put my finger on why. Enjoyed the writing, though, and will be looking at more of the authors work in the near future. 3.5 stars

Melwilk I get what you are saying about how there is just something not there. I was excited and felt like I would love this book, but it ended up being a DNF for me. I was just not into it at all. 1y
LauraBrook @Melwilk I totally get how you DNFd it. In the last couple of years I‘ve read a few books set in and around Mennonite communities and they hold a kind of sick fascination with me, so I was bound to finish it regardless. Plus I read it for a book prize so had to finish it no matter my enjoyment. Hope you‘re reading something fantastic at the mo! 1y
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RosieMcP
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I knew nothing about the real story this is based on, it‘s a short novel but powerful.

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Cinfhen
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#HappyCanadaDay to all my Canadian Littens 🇨🇦and thanks to @KVanRead for this fun giveaway ❤️1. Tagged book was brilliant 2. Emily St. John Mandel and the lovely Margaret Atwood 3.Timbits 🍩, Eh? I‘ll tag the wonderful @TheKidUpstairs who introduced me to Tim Hortons wayyy back when I only knew Dunkin Doughnuts existed😜

KVanRead Thanks for playing! ❤️me some Timmy‘s😋 2y
LeahBergen My husband‘s name is Tim so you know we‘ve had some fun with the whole Timbits name. 😂 2y
Hooked_on_books I hadn‘t thought of Timbits! I love the chocolate ones. 😋 2y
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Cinfhen Hilarious @LeahBergen 😂 2y
Cinfhen Yup @Hooked_on_books @KVanRead Nothing like a box of Timbits .... oh God, now I‘m thinking about @LeahBergen comment 😜😜😆 2y
Hooked_on_books Oh dear. 😳 Puts a whole new spin on “I love the chocolate ones.” 😆 2y
rabbitprincess @LeahBergen LOL!!!! 😂😂😂😂 2y
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vivastory
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1) A very recent favorite.
2) Margaret Atwood.
3) Poutine.
#HappyCanadaDay to all the Littens to the North 🇨🇦

KVanRead Thanks for playing! Awesome choices ❤️🇨🇦😋 2y
merelybookish Tagged book is brilliant! 2y
vivastory @merelybookish I read it a few days ago and although I really liked it at the time I have thought about it several times since. Seems like a book that I will appreciate even more as time passes. 2y
LeahBergen Good answers. I shall dub thee an honorary Canadian for the day. 😉 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen That def. makes my day! 🙂 2y
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vivastory
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There are quite a few aspects of Toews' novel I greatly appreciated: the women's sense of humor even in bleak situations, a portrait of a community through a handful of the members, flashes of rich characterization & rewarding introspection. Enter caveat, I can't help but feel like this would have worked better if it had been narrated from the pov of one of the women-Salome, Mejal or Ona. I didn't love this one, but I def found it worthwhile.

Tanisha_A I have it on my Kindle. Love your review, even more excited to read it now. 2y
vivastory @Tanisha_A I hope you like it. This was my first Toews & I will def read more by her. 2y
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Reggie I love this book so much! 2y
vivastory @Reggie Have you read anything else by Toews? 2y
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ReadingRambo
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This book is based on real events at a Mennonite colony in Bolivia. Women were raped, for years, and told that God or Satan was punishing them or that they were simply making it up. Like....WTF!!! This fiction book is about what comes next. The book is told in minutes of meetings the women have where they will decide their response after the truth came out. Listening to them grapple with their faith and their trauma will stick with me.

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LeahBergen
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Currently reading for my IRL book club (which was supposed to meet in early April).

We‘ll be meeting next week for a socially distanced, backyard discussion and I‘m quite excited. My first visit with friends in over 3 months! 😮

Cinfhen It‘s a great read!!! Our bookclub meet in person this week ...backyard, mask free SO NICE 😃 2y
vivastory That's so exciting! 2y
Tanisha_A Niceeee! 😃 2y
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ManyWordsLater So much to talk about! You‘ll probably need two meetings! 2y
batsy Oh, that's something to look forward to indeed 🙌🏽 2y
TrishB That sounds fab ❤️ 2y
Reggie How awesome!!! And the book❤️ 2y
britt_brooke That sounds lovely. 💚 2y
BarbaraBB Oh wow, in over three months. That is so long! How you must be looking forward to this evening. I hope you like the book better than I did haha 2y
Centique Enjoy your book club meeting! It makes such a difference to see people again - even at a distance 💕💕 2y
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Hestapleton
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A thoughtful story you can sink deeply into. There is little action, literally just women talking about action, and doesn‘t that feel honest? Their conversations are transcribed and told and given meaning by a man and isn‘t that the way it usually is? Masterful. I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. #netgalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeafingThroughLife I read A Complicated Kindness by the same author a few weeks ago. She seems to have a real gift for writing books with little/no action that still manage to be totally absorbing. Stacked this one! 🙂 2y
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Bookmarkie
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Hello Litsy! It‘s been a while.
45 pages in.....This is so great.

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Julsmarshall
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Wow! This book is powerful, upsetting, unexpected and memorable. Based on a true story, this novel explores pain, faith, and power in a sheltered Mennonite colony. I will be thinking about this story for a long time.

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Julsmarshall
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#current read on this gray, gloomy day. I‘m feeling under the weather and the outdoors and this book seem kinda perfect for the day.

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Addison_Reads
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I finished this book in March and I'm still not entirely sure how to review it. It's a pick for me, but I can't really pinpoint why.

It's written in a very unique style and is based on true events. I never felt like I connected with these women or their stories, but regardless I am glad that I read it.

Professional_Book_Dragon I felt the same way about it! 2y
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Sreckess
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Told as the minutes of a series of meetings between women in an isolated Mennonite community who are debating whether to escape their abusers or stay and fight. It is based on a horrendous real life event. The women, all of whom are illiterate and kept from positions of authority in their community, must decide: When enough is enough, how do you start anew? Who do you save? How do you keep/ practice your faith when it has only been taught by men?

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I'm not sure "enjoyed" is the right word for this book. I'm glad I read it and will probably think about it for a while.
I do wish it continued on, but that would be another story.
#StayHome24in48 #Readathon @24in48

Yes I am still lounging around and reading. I've done nothing productive yet today.

#Booked2020 #liveandlearn
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

katy4peas Reading is productive you know! You are building your vocabulary and comprehension skills as well as lowering your anxiety levels... just sayin' 😉 2y
Reggie I really liked this book. I thought it would all be about anger but it‘s way more than that. It‘s still about love and compassion and sisterhood and community. I read this last year and still think about it. 2y
Cinfhen I loved this book!! 2y
Cinfhen But it made me SO ANGRY!!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage It made me angry too, @Cinfhen even though the abuse in closed religions doesn‘t surprise me. (edited) 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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This was probably not the best book to be reading at this time when I'm feeling stressed out and anxious. Perhaps a cozy mystery should be up next.

iread2much I‘m having the same difficulty in choosing my next book 2y
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brandierickson
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Busy night ahead.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I live in an area with many Mennonites and Amish. Like this novel, we‘ve had recent news stories of sexual abuse in those communities. It‘s that connection which prompted me to read this, although the novel deals with the emotional and practical aftermath rather than events themselves. Moving and thought-provoking. See @Blaire ‘s review also.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#booked2020 #hatorheadcoveringoncover

Cinfhen I thought this book was really powerful ~ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Me too. And the book I read after was an equally powerful and contrasting book. 2y
Booksnchill This was a 5⭐️ for me last year. A powerful story told sparingly. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft That‘s the same reason why I want to read this one (even though I don‘t live there anymore). 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Booksnchill I didn‘t love it quite that much, but it was definitely a strong read. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I‘ll be curious for your thoughts, once you get to it. 2y
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Blaire
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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The novel consists of the minutes Mennonite women‘s talk of whether to leave or stay after learning the men have subjected them and their children to years of sexual violence. It covers the range of emotions, philosophical arguments, faith, choice, and bonds of culture and family. The unexpected act of mercy and love toward the end moved me nearly to tears. Within the story are also gems of curiosity and love. Slow in parts, but worth reading.

sarahbarnes Agreed - so moving! 2y
Erinreadsthebooks Love this book! 2y
Blaire @sarahbarnes I really didn‘t see that part of the story coming and added even more depth to the women and the relationship of the characters. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a great review. I think I‘ll just send everyone here when I post mine in a few minutes! 😘 2y
Blaire @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you so much!! Your kind comment made my morning. ☺️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Blaire You‘re welcome! Have a great day, my friend! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Mehso-so

A very interesting read, concept, and perspective despite not fully hooking me. As one of the characters exclaims at one point: "There's no plot, only women talking." This is a brave take on women's agency, sexual violence, and how domestic pressures and labor affect women and their decisions.
Still, very worth it!

Kalalalatja I see so many mixed reviews for this, but I still want to read it at some point 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja it's very well worth it! 2y
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Starting Sunday off with a reread of my selection for the reading/book retreat friends and I are going on next month. So much to discuss in this book: abuse, sexual assault, forgiveness, illiteracy, isolation, patriarchy, misogyny and more. Even the structure of the book, the use of a male narrator for example, can be debated. That the story is based on real events is heartbreaking and enraging. I‘m anticipating a very interesting discussion.

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