Nomi Nickel lives with her father, Ray, in East Village, a small Mennonite town in Manitoba. She dreams of escaping to the big city, but since her ...Show synopsisNomi Nickel lives with her father, Ray, in East Village, a small Mennonite town in Manitoba. She dreams of escaping to the big city, but since her mother and sister left home, it's hard to imagine leaving her father behind. As she begins to piece together the story behind her mother's disappearance, she finds herself on a direct collision course with the town's minister. With fierce originality and brilliance, Miriam Toews takes us straight to the centre of Nomi's world and the complicated kindness at the heart of family life.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. A witty, beleaguered teenager whose family is shattered by...New. A witty, beleaguered teenager whose family is shattered by fundamentalist Christianity balances grief and hope in this coming-of-age novel. Left alone with her sad, peculiar father, she spends her days piecing together why her mother and sister left.
i was really disappointed with this book. it initially grabbed my interest because of the author's mennonite connections but i found the book really difficult to read as it was so fragmented. i don't know if this is toews normal style of writing or if she was writing in a particular way because of her subject matter....whatever, it was really hard work and i came away frustrated as she'd had rave reviews elsewhere.maybe i should persevere and try something else she's written but to be honest i'm not sure if it'll be worth the time and effort!
I LOVED this book! The main character is both severely awkward and intelligently profound. A great read for people with a sense of cynicism or dark humour. Toews has created a wonderful and complicated protagonist.
From the moment I began readiing this book I could not put it down. It's a beautifully written story of teenage angst through the eyes of a girl being raised in a Mennonite community where the rules are strict and plentiful. She tells the heartwrenching story of growing up in a fishbowl. Everyone is her judge and jury and purely by association with her nutty family she already has strikes against her before her own actions are even taken into account!
This book had me laughing and crying - my favorite kind of story!
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