Tales of a dar­ing es­cape

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BOOKs Women Talk­ing by Miriam Toews Pen­guin Ran­dom House canada Aug. 21

Ac­claimed au­thor Miriam Toews (All My Puny Sor­rows, A Com­pli­cated Kind­ness) spec­u­lates on the trauma in a small Men­non­ite com­mu­nity af­ter more than 100 women are drugged, sex­u­ally as­saulted and told by the men of the colony that the at­tack­ers were “ghosts” or “demons.” In­spired by true events that took place be­tween 2005 and 2009, the story is an imag­ined re­sponse from eight of the women, who de­bate whether to re­main in the vil­lage when all the men leave to post bail for the im­pris­oned at­tack­ers. Toews brings em­pa­thy and acer­bic wit to a timely story that re­view­ers have praised as her most grip­ping novel to date.

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