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Women Talking
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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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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Dolly
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Good but not great. I guess skipping quotation marks is a thing.

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SoniaC
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Just finished this book today. It was so powerful. It really just destroyed me at parts. A very tough topic but handled so well. I fell in love with these women.

tpixie Lovely afghan!! ⭐️ 💚💜💚 ⭐️ 2d
SoniaC @tpixie thank you. I‘m making it for my niece. 2d
tpixie @SoniaC she‘s a lucky girl!! ⭐️💚💜⭐️ 2d
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#bookhaul from B&N. I‘ve been the personal chauffeur for my husband and his friends this weekend on top of working. He rewarded me by letting me go wild at the bookstore.

Lovesbooks87 Internment was such a powerful read! 1w
MicheleinPhilly Good husband! 1w
TheLibrarian @Lovesbooks87 I need to swap it out with a new one, the cover is all damned and ripped and I didn‘t realize it till I got home. But I‘m really looking forward to reading it! 1w
TheLibrarian @MicheleinPhilly Agree! Although I wish B&N had more indie press books. 1w
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Booksnchill
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A very powerful novel- Mennonite women in the town of Molotschna climb into a hayloft while the men are in town raising money to bail out the men of the town who have been drugging and raping the women- some as young as 4- in the night. Until one woman caught her attacker the men had told the women they were being visited by the devil. The women discuss among themselves what to do- stay and fight, leave or do nothing. This happened.Read it.5⭐️

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Dolly
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Starting this today. It‘s raining...AGAIN! I just might stay in bed all day.

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Twocougs
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Beautifully written story. Heartbreaking and brave. A fictional story based on a Mennonite community in Bolivia and brazen sexual attacks of more than 100 women and girls.

Cinfhen Such a powerful read 3w
Hooked_on_books I‘m interested in this one but have seen many reviewers say it‘s very philosophical. Did you find that to be the case? 3w
Twocougs 😀 @Hooked_on_books I wouldn't say that it is philosophical, as much as the women talking about their mennonite beliefs and how what they are talking about, impacts that. I'd encourage you to read it. 3w
Hooked_on_books @Twocougs I think I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 3w
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Booksnchill
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My library hold came in for this one and just 21 pages in and I can tell I‘m gonna need more wine! #WomenTalking #IsAnyoneListening

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Eggs
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The women decide to gather and express themselves to each other. Once they agree on the important things, and determine a course of action only then will they be able to #letitbe #beatlemaynia

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Eggs
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This is a pick for several reasons but the best is that it is one of a kind with an unconventional format. Based on real events.

Cinfhen I gave this one 5 stars!!! 3w
sarahbarnes I just finished reading All My Puny Sorrows, and this one is now definitely on my list! 3w
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HardcoverHearts
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I just posted a video of my week review of reading and what‘s on deck plus a vlog on my month of book purchases and unhauls. Link in bio and here: ⁣

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Any Bay Area Littens going to see Miriam Toews at Green Apple on the Park tonight? I just saw the post on IG that she will be there and I‘m already changing my plans to make it! (It‘s 5:27 am and I‘m so excited!)

Lindy Toews is a great speaker. Enjoy! 4w
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GatheringBooks
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#WomenReadWomen2019 Read Along Chat is here for Women Talking! Only three Qs for us here to chew on, mull over, and discuss. Looking forward to reading everyone‘s thoughts. Please feel free to chime in if you have read the book - and just mark with spoilers, if there are any. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚Tagging those who have initially expressed interest. 😍

IndoorDame 3- I thought the women‘s voices rang incredibly true, the author crafted a believable construct of what intelligent, philosophical but completely uneducated women would sound like 4w
IndoorDame 2- it seemed apt that even in a women‘s space where they‘re reclaiming their power and finding their voices, it‘s actually a man who has to tell their story to the outside world 4w
Reggie I like how she broke up the tension of the novel with these beautiful bits of how they care for each other. From the one mom sucking the cherry pit out of her kids nose. To rubbing legs because their mother had edema. To just stroking the hair of someone who was angry. 2. Because the women didn‘t feel he was a “man.” He couldn‘t farm etc. I felt it was okay having him there. And that was also an example of their care. She knew what he was gonna do 4w
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Reggie So she invited him. 4w
GatheringBooks @IndoorDame i agree that it felt authentic, the doublespeak, the second guessing of one‘s self, the constant back and forth - i was wondering though if there were readers who felt impatient with it, notwithstanding its authenticity and realness. i know that initially i struggled with it slightly. 4w
GatheringBooks @IndoorDame tragic but real, right? yet this is also an example of how power is wrested from and towards one‘s self. one can argue that the women simply regarded him as a “tool” - bec he is perceived as less than a man as @reggie pointed out - more like a means to an end. on the other hand, one also sees the irony of needing a man to serve as their mouthpiece as they struggle to “find their voice” as you say. 4w
GatheringBooks @Reggie how did you find the love story? it kind of blindsided me somewhat, but not necessarily in a bad way. your observations are on point - i like how they seem like at each other‘s throats - all rage at one point - then compassionate and fiercely loyal at another. 4w
GatheringBooks @indoordame @reggie did you feel that the violence was sidelined and almost never spoken about or articulated as the discussions revolve around the indecision of either staying to fight, leave, or do nothing as a form of response? sometimes i wonder if the level of abstraction is credible to sublimate the pure rage that i am sure most of them feel. this also takes the form of physical illnesses or just plain spacing out, like a disembodied state? 4w
Reggie @GatheringBooks the love story between August and Ona? I felt hers towards him was sisterly and his was romantic. I just know that I cared deeply for both of them. I don‘t think she sidelined the violence. The evidence was everywhere you looked. Ona was pregnant. And the one that pissed me off the most was when Salome has to go smuggle antibiotics for her 3 yo daughter who doesn‘t understand why between her legs hurts. Because she can‘t take her 4w
Reggie To a doctor for fear of how they would think of the colony. I read Arcadia by Lauren Groff earlier this year, which is about the rise and the fall of a hippie commune and there was this interesting comment from an Amish character in there that said for the survival of these kind of places it comes down to the balance of community and freedom. And looking at Arcadia it was the freedom that did them in. And here I think it was the community part 4w
Reggie that did them in. And here I go shooting my mouth of but I also think in America our freedom is doing us in. How many people have to die by a gun. That‘s okay because we have the freedom to have guns. Anyways. Back to the book. I think the women were incredibly brave and revolutionary to hold a secret meeting to go against everything they had been taught. Good for them. 4w
GatheringBooks @Reggie you are right - the subtlety of the writing to convey violence made it even more effective - kind of like a barely-audible whisper whereas a shout is usually employed to signify outrage. surprising and perhaps deliberate too, the relatively subdued tone of the entire narrative that lulls the reader into complacency even as a life and death issue is literally on the table for decision making. it provides spaces for reader to piece the ⬇️ 4w
GatheringBooks @Reggie evidence together - and draw their own conclusions and feel their own sense of outrage, rather than imposed by the writer; that choice is tricky, but worked here for those who really stayed through the book. interesting links as well about the state of the US and gun control- and the imagined sense of freedom and liberation as circumscribed by belief systems that define/redefine these concepts and its acceptability to societal norms. 4w
mreads I liked that the focus was on the women's situation, the pros and cons of staying or leaving as a microcosm of what women globally would have to consider. I found the male narrator an interesting choice as he was both not considered a man and an outsider having just returned. I wondered if he was representing the reader in some way. Empathetic but with the experiences outside of his frame of reference. 4w
mreads @GatheringBooks I struggled with this in the beginning as well, so much religion determining there opinions. I'm glad i hung in there and they worked through it. 4w
mreads @Reggie and that the drugs were possibly for animals and so didn't seem to be working. 4w
GatheringBooks @mreads very well put about august. his exile and time outside the colony has given him a fairly unique perspective about life in general and their self-imposed lifestyle in particular that is borne out of choice (?) and has brought a firm sense of community with their own hand-picked values - but has also made it ripe for and open to such horrific violence that is absurdly justified from within a frame of male entitlement to women‘s bodies. 4w
GatheringBooks @mreads honestly i am still ambivalent about it. granted, it is one that shall remain with me for a long time to come, and it has made me think deeply about choice, will, volition, and self-determination especially from the lenses of women who feel largely invisible & disempowered - but the pace, repetitive nature of the arguments, & pedantic tone of the narrative were immensely challenging for me. yet i felt it could not be written any other way. 4w
GatheringBooks @reggie @mreads @indoordame here is an interesting fairly-recent lithub article on miriam toews answering Qs about Women Talking and linking it to the #MeToo movement - https://lithub.com/miriam-toews-on-what-forgiveness-means-in-the-metoo-era/ 3w
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HardcoverHearts
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Overnight escape to Calistoga! I‘m reading by a lovely water fountain feature, in perfect weather, and couldn‘t be happier. Finishing up The Lost Man by Jane Harper on audio, Women Talking by Miriam Toews, and Milkman by Anna Burns. It‘s so nice to read in a lovely setting.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Celebrated #independentbookstoreday by visiting my local independent bookstore, Gibson‘s! I got some goodies today ✨📖

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ReadingEnvy
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Based on a real life event, Miriam Toews writes about how the women of a Mennonite community deal with the uncovering of ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of the men in their own community. Do they stay? Do they forgive? ⤵️

ReadingEnvy I love Toews and her novel All My Puny Sorrows was an amazing read - so much between the lines, deceptively simple, heartbreaking about sisters and mental illness. Yet in this scenario with a far more heightened situation I felt less invested in what was happening. Part of it is the narrator, a male who is taking notes of the women talking since they are illiterate. It creates a barrier that I'm not sure the reader can completely overcome.⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy And the entire novel is the women talking, not what happens after. The author has to navigate philosophical conversations between women who are illiterate and don't know anything beyond their community and the knowledge they have been allowed to obtain. Even their understanding of forgiveness, which is one of the core discussion points, comes from the very men that abused the women and children. ⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy When they realize this, it's almost enough to start a revolution. As a reader, I wanted to see the payoff, and I think I felt a little shortchanged. But she did something, as I observed myself holding my breath when a husband came home early. 1mo
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mreads I wondered if the male narrator was somehow supposed to represent the reader, he's not considered a man by the community and since he's recently returned he's an outsider too. So his perspective is unusual. Can't say I enjoyed the novel but I think it balanced what the women's lives were like without pitying them. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @mreads I wish I had understood more about why he was such an outsider. Is it because he left and came back, do you think? 1mo
mreads @ReadingEnvy I think so and he left young so he didn't know how to farm which seemed to emasculate him in that community. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @mreads even the women were mean to him! Just goes to show how women perpetuate the patriarchy. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB thank you! 1mo
Reggie @ReadingEnvy he was an outsider because his parents were shunned right? Weren‘t they caught secretly teaching progressive materials. Also, he ends up being the bastard son of Philip, the leader, that‘s why his father left. I liked this novel because as someone who was sheltered and told what to think, these women set out to overcome that in the face of really bad circumstances. Through discussion they talked things out for themselves. 4w
ReadingEnvy @Reggie right but I guess... I dunno, maybe I felt once they took.him back it should have been 100%, in or out 4w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy @reggie Regarding August, because he and his family were shunned, there was no way for him to fully reintegrate in the colony. When you‘re out you‘re out. He‘s a cautionary figure for the women who are contemplating leaving. Also, saving him from suicide is an act of generosity; the women didn‘t actually need him (as a recorder) but Ona wanted him to feel his life had meaning. (edited) 4w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy ah thanks that does add some context I wasn't getting 4w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I‘ve tagged you in further discussion on another post, in case you want to engage further with this novel. 😊 4w
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Hoopiefoot
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#TFW you visit your favorite indie bookstore on #independentbookstoreday and they make sure you get a special signed copy of the book you‘re really excited to read ❤️

Redwritinghood Nice! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Don‘t forget to visit your favorite indie bookstores today! I‘m still stuck at home recovering, and a little bummed I won‘t have an opportunity to buy some of this year‘s exclusive swag and shop my favorite local bookstores, all of which are having fun events! Oh well, I‘ll just have to live vicariously through my fellow Littens. 😉

#indiebookstoreday

Kappadeemom I don‘t even have a local bookstore 😩 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Kappadeemom 😢😢 I have a link to the free audiobooks Libro is offering via indie bookstores today, anyone can download them! https://libro.fm/?bookstore=mainstreetbooks 1mo
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cpreja
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An amazing and poignant novel! Beautifully disturbing and relevant. I am recommending to everyone.

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GatheringBooks
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#WomenReadWomen2019 Read Along Chat is scheduled in a few days. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 Just checking in with lovely participants who initially signified interest. I finished reading the book and really looking forward to discussing with you all. I prepared around three questions for discussion. 🤓 How are you all doing so far?

mreads I read it a couple of weeks ago, looking forward to the discussion 😀👍 1mo
IndoorDame Same here 😊 1mo
Reggie I‘m ready!!! 1mo
GatheringBooks @Reggie yes!!!!!!!!! woohoooo!!! 1mo
greenhairdontcare I wasn‘t able to get my hands on a copy in time! 😩 1mo
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vlwelser
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This might be my favorite book so far this year. 💖📚

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jillrhudy
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There isn‘t a CAN‘T EVEN big enough for how much I can‘t even. Based on true crime, it‘s about a closed society where men have ALL the power and women decide to take back some. Anybody who thinks women in these situations need to “stay and pray” can get in line to kiss my ohhhhhhkaaay here are some hashtags #domesticviolence #rape #coverups #sexualabuse #mennonites #canada #faith #survival #feminism #whydonttheyjustleave #because1000reasons

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cpreja
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I grappled with the idea of explaining hemispheres to her, how we are required to share the sun with other parts of the world, that if one were to observe the earth from outer space one could see as many as 15 sunsets and sunrises in a day--and that perhaps by sharing the sun the world could learn to share everything, learn that everything belonged to everyone!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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This will be one of my favorite reads of the year. I‘ll push it on every reader I know.

It‘s based on rapes that occurred in a Mennonite village by 8 of their men who used animal tranquilizer to knock out women and children then assault them. The book does not focus or retell the attacks, only the decision these women are trying to make about their future in the village.

According to the author, these rapes are rumored to still be happening.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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A little over halfway through and I‘m in love. This is the library‘s copy. I‘m going to have to get my own. So good, and so so so flippin‘ important! 👏👏👏

SW-T I‘ve got this on hold (loooong wait). Good to see a review! Looking forward to it 😊 1mo
EKonrad 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
GatheringBooks i am hosting a #WomenReadWomen2019 Read Along Chat on this book on 30 April. Do consider joining! :) 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 1mo
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Librarians do it all 🏆

gradcat Indeed. 1mo
Theaelizabet I‘m looking forward to reading this. And yes, librarians rock. 1mo
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mreads
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Not for everyone that's for sure, both stylistically and subject matter. A group of mennonite women who have been repeatedly drugged and raped by the men in their community are deciding to leave or stay. That is the setting and what plot there is but this is really a microcosm of global patriarchy, women's options and decisions and less about this specific community.

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Jillsmith
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I‘ve neglected my Litsy posts for too long - back to recommend this beautiful, heartbreaking book. And the mosaic shawl knit while reading it, interweaving the voices of the women as they decide what comes next.

Dolly Heard good things about this book that‘s now on my TBR. This knitter thinks that shawl looks beautiful. 1mo
Jillsmith Thanks! It‘s the Emiliana Shawl by maliha designs. 1mo
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IndoorDame
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Not a fun read, but an interesting one. I liked hearing women in such different circumstances having the exact same conversation I‘ve had with my own women friends. And I thought the Towes did a great job of crafting voices of smart but completely uneducated women trying to think through complicated problems.

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Cinfhen I thought this book was brilliant and at the same time infuriating. And based on true events 😢😱 2mo
IndoorDame @Cinfhen the based on true events part is actually what drew me to it initially. I‘ve been anticipating its release. But yes, infuriating (edited) 2mo
SamAnne Just put this on my read list after reading the New York Times review last week. 2mo
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Reggie
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I know it‘s early April but this will probably be one of the best books I read this year. Eight women gather in a loft of a barn to decide what must be done once they find out that a group of men in their Mennonite colony have been drugging them and attacking them at night for years. This could have been a one note book of anger and rage but it‘s quite the opposite. I was in awe of Toew‘s writing, her women, and their ability to love and 👇🏼

Reggie care for each other. Super pick!! (edited) 2mo
Christine Yes yes yes!!! I just finished it this morning and agree completely with your review! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Fantastic review! 👏 Got to read it at some point. 2mo
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Reagan-reads Awesome review! I‘ve been watching for this one at the library. 2mo
Itchyfeetreader This sounds right up my street - stacking thanks 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow super pick huh. This book seems to generate mixed reviews. I‘m afraid to pick it up. Great review though 👍 2mo
Reggie @Tanisha_A @Reagan-reads @Itchyfeetreader @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks!!! I hope you all read it. She knows how to break up the anger and rage moments with moments of tenderness, some laughter. Also, the other thing I dug was that her writing makes me think she writes poetry. Good stuff. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great review! I did read one by this writer ... All My Puny Sorrows... & loved it. I have this one stacked 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts Thanks!! Yeah, I definitely want to read more by her. She was great. 2mo
CathyJ I just started this one! I think I'm really going to like it. 2mo
Reggie @CathyJ I hope you do!!! 2mo
Centique Wow - this sounds hard but good. Excellent review Reggie! 2mo
Reggie @Centique I think this book is totally up your alley, Paula. Someone wrote on their review that this was about uneducated women who sit down to discuss serious topics intelligently and I have to agree. But there‘s such lovely stuff in here about how they care for each other. I hope you do read it. 1mo
Centique @Reggie it sounds very much my type of thing. This author is really sticking out for me at the moment. Will add it to my “books that need to be moved up the TBR” list. 😂 1mo
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EKonrad
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Such a powerful and moving read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at erinkonrad.com

#NetGalley

Christine I just finished this too and also found it to be a 5-star read. ❤️ 2mo
EKonrad @Christine So glad you liked it too! Have you read anything else by that author? 2mo
Christine No, but now I must!! You? 2mo
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EKonrad @Christine Same!! 😊 2mo
CathyJ Just started this one! 2mo
EKonrad @CathyJ Hope you like it! 😊 2mo
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Christine
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Extraordinary. Heavy, as the book is full of philosophy and pain and horrible acts occurring in a culture of patriarchy and misogyny to the extreme. But there‘s also much light, with many funny moments and characters I completely loved, and these characters‘ thoughts and choices felt searingly relevant. This is a book I will almost certainly reread (after I go back and read everything else Miriam Toews has written - this is my first of hers).

Tanisha_A Nice review! 👌🏽 2mo
Christine @Tanisha_A Aww, thanks! 2mo
Lindy My favourite of hers is 2mo
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Reggie I laughed so hard when Grant goes up into the loft and says numbers aloud, does 2 laps and then honks and leaves. She knew how to break things up and her writing also tells me she‘s a poet. I want to read other books by her now also. Anyways, love the review and we‘re reading twinkies!!! 2mo
Reggie Also, one more thing I loved was Greta‘s love for her horses Cheryl and Russ that started to get on everyone‘s nerves. 2mo
Christine @Lindy Oh good! I‘ve heard so many wonderful things about that one...moving it up to the top of my TBR! 2mo
Christine @Reggie Haha yes to Grant, and the endless Ruth and Cheryl concerns! 😂 Aww, I‘m totally laughing and smiling again thinking about SO MANY funny moments - like you said, who would have thought?? Toews just seems like a genius. I think I‘ll be starting All My Puny Sorrows soon. And I LOVE that we were having a secret (to even ourselves 😆) buddy read! ❤️ 2mo
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Reggie
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In the middle of all deciding what to do about the horrific events that have transpired, Toews breaks things up with girls talking about if a boy likes you in the colony, he will intentionally miss when throwing animal turds at you. And sometimes it‘s poetry and sometimes it‘s this. I remember John Cage from college and how this piece of his, 4‘33” is him just sitting at the piano not playing but whatever happens during that time is the music👇🏼

Reggie Our professor told us a story where he does 4‘33” at a college and all the students in attendance rioted and carried him out. The faculty were concerned but John Cage told them that this was part of the performance, the music. Lol, crazy guy. 2mo
LibrarianJen What happens in the time span of 4‘33” IS the music. Nobody stops to just listen to what‘s naturally going around them. Rioting and carrying him out is a bit over the top though. 🤣 2mo
GatheringBooks Reggie!!!!! You have to have to have to join our discussion about this at the endof the month for #WomenReadWomen2019!!! 2mo
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Some not-so-light reading at soccer practice.

Erinreadsthebooks I have this on hold at the library. Hope it‘s good! 2mo
Reggie I am reading this right now and am sooooo heated😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬 2mo
merelybookish @Erinreadsthebooks Me too! Not too far in yet. 2mo
merelybookish @Reggie Yeah...😒 Not easy reading. 2mo
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Sitting at the salon getting ready for Margaret Atwood in Houston tonight. I figured this book was an appropriate readalike for Handmaid‘s Tale.

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This is a really important story based on horrifying true events - recent ones at that. I struggled with the tone for a bit but ultimately got used to the writing style. A difficult read because of the subject.

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Repost for @GatheringBooks :
#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat this April is Miriam Toews “Women Talking.”
Here is a New York Times‘ profile on the author and her Mennonite conscience: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/books/miriam-toews-women-talking.html
Tagging those who have indicated interest.
Let me know if you are keen to join, so I can tag you, too!

GatheringBooks thank youuuuu!!! 😍😘🧚🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Mehso-so

8 Mennonite women from the Molotschna colony gathered to have a secret meeting to decide whether to stay & fight, stay and do nothing, or leave after what had happened. Minutes were taken by the narrator of the story, August Epp. I had a hard time getting into the story & characters, and desperately wanted to, especially when this is based on true events. I guess the writing style used to approach the subject matter, just isn‘t for me. ⬇️

Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you #Netgalley and #BloomsburyUSA for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 2mo
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GatheringBooks
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat this April is Miriam Toews “Women Talking.”
Here is a New York Times‘ profile on the author and her Mennonite conscience: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/books/miriam-toews-women-talking.html
Tagging those who have indicated interest.
Let me know if you are keen to join, so I can tag you, too!

Chrissyreadit I so want to read this- but taking a class with so many assignments my time is cut into slithers. 2mo
suzisteffen Thanks for the tag! This isn‘t on my list this month, but I‘ll try! 2mo
GatheringBooks @Chrissyreadit @suzisteffen - no worries! perhaps, for the next book in may. will be doing 2mo
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lauralovesbooks1
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Pickpick

A group of Mennonite women meet to decide if they will stay in their community after 8 of the men are caught drugging and raping the women, knowing that they will be expected to forgive their rapists, or if they will leave everything they have ever known. Extremely powerful read - I need someone I know to read this so I can discuss. Based on true events.

Reagan-reads I took this out from the library but it was only a week loan, I didn‘t realize. I‘m on the hunt again. 2mo
lauralovesbooks1 @Reagan-reads it's worth the hunt! 2mo
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Cydster61
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Saw this in the bookstore but decided to order it from the library. I love Miriam Toews.

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LitsyHappenings
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Repost for @GatheringBooks :
#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat in April since end of March is just around the corner. Tagging those who have expressed interest. Based on a harrowing real-life narrative, the author imagined how the women would have “talked” among themselves while protecting their daughters, sisters, mothers. Do join us!!!

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Booksnchill
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Once again Sunday morning finds me catching up on The New Yorker and this article on Miriam Toews is wonderful and will make me move this Mennonite born Canadian author up my list. I have heard amazing things about Women Talking. Important note, her last name rhymes with “saves”- I have not heard it pronounced that way yet so that is new - also the Plautdietsch term( her parents‘ first language) schputting- irreverance of serious or sacred things.

Hoopiefoot Looking this article up now. I loved 2mo
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GatheringBooks
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat in April since end of March is just around the corner. Tagging those who have expressed interest. Based on a harrowing real-life narrative, the author imagined how the women would have “talked” among themselves while protecting their daughters, sisters, mothers. Do join us!!!

suzisteffen WOW, i hadn‘t heard of the event or this book - will definitely read! 2mo
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @GatheringBooks :
#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat schedule for April-June! So excited to share that I just finished reading tagged book and done with our May book, too! Both are rich for potential discussions! Will be reading Elif Shafak soonest. Women authors from Canada, Australia, and Turkey! Reading women from around the world. Let me know if you‘re keen to join our chats! 📚🧚🏼‍♀️

GatheringBooks thank youuuuuu!!! 2mo
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GatheringBooks
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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#WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat schedule for April-June! So excited to share that I just finished reading tagged book and done with our May book, too! Both are rich for potential discussions! Will be reading Elif Shafak soonest. Women authors from Canada, Australia, and Turkey! Reading women from around the world. Let me know if you‘re keen to join our chats! 📚🧚🏼‍♀️ Tagging those who have initially expressed interest in joining. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚

IndoorDame I‘m still keen :) love this lineup! 2mo
Carolyn11215 I‘ll try to join in on the April and June books! 2mo
bunny Unfortunately I don't think I can join in this round, but thanks for tagging me! Hope you enjoy the reading 😊 2mo
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Velvetfur Hello! I saw this reposted on Litsy Happenings, and I would like to join in with May because someone recently gave me a copy of Big Little Lies. I haven't done one of these yet, how does it work, please? 😊 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur welcome to #womenreadwomen2019 read along chat! i will tag you for your preferred book for the discussion. will post one or two Qs during the scheduled date. :) big little lies is great- just finished reading it and excited to host the discussion for it. 2mo
Velvetfur @GatheringBooks Ah OK, I understand how it works now, that sounds great thank you! So would I start reading it at the start of May? 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur sure! you can read it at any time you wish, actually. i will be hosting the readalong chat by end of may so we can have a bookish discussion. 💕🧚🏼‍♀️📚 2mo
Velvetfur @GatheringBooks Cool, thank you! Just think, almost 2 years on Litsy and I haven't done a Readalong until now 😂 Thanks for all your guidance 👍 2mo
GatheringBooks @Velvetfur it truly is my pleasure! am excited to host this. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 2mo
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underground_bks
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Pickpick

This novel is definitely true to its title, made up almost entirely of women talking—illiterate Mennonite women of a remote colony who have recently realized that the nighttime terrors the men of the colony have told them are dreams or demonic possessions or punishment for sins were actually these men, their relatives and neighbors, tranquilizing and then raping them. Inspired by real events...👇👇👇

underground_bks this novel is interested in how these women come together to grapple with what they will do about this injustice, in light of their values, their faith, and their own limited understanding of the world. What may not come across in the elevator pitch of this book is how full of sparks the conversation is between these women, at turns funny, philosophical, biting, and real. This book was certainly thought-provoking but it was also a joy to read. (edited) 3mo
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Lostinagoodbook
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Bailedbailed

WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews
Philosophical/religious conversations around horrific attacks on women in a Mennonite colony.
⭐️
#bookreview #netgalley #reading
Full review: https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/women-talking-miriam-toews/

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cariashley
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Mehso-so

This is an odd book to try and review and I‘m not sure how I really felt about it. A few parts punched me in the gut, and the entire premise is horrific, but this is less of a novel and more of an extended philosophical debate on religion and belief. It wasn‘t my cup of tea but can see the appeal for some readers. Thanks to Bloomsbury and #netgalley for the chance to do an early review.

(Also, I‘m on vacation so YAY 😎)

readordierachel Looks like a nice vacation spot! 3mo
Tanisha_A All the blue and green in the backdrop makes beautiful canvas! 💙💚 3mo
DivineDiana Enjoy your relaxation time! 3mo
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charl08
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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From the frontispiece.

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