Review: Miriam Toews’ ‘All My Puny Sorrows’

December 5, 2014 5:06 PM

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Review: Miriam Toews’ ‘All My Puny Sorrows’

The story of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman in Oregon who committed suicide recently after making her intention public, forces us to consider wrenching questions about how life ends. As that discussion continues, please make room for All My Puny Sorrows, by Canadian writer Miriam Toews.

I’ve been in love with Toews since 2004, when she published A Complicated Kindness, a wincingly funny story about a 16-year-old girl trapped in a small Mennonite town. Her next book, The Flying Troutmans, drove us through comedy and pathos on a strange family road trip. And now comes this unbearably...

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