Miriam Toews’s up­com­ing novel will ter­rify you.

TALK THER­APY With her up­com­ing novel, Miriam Toews has writ­ten one of the scari­est in­dict­ments of pa­tri­archy in years.

Fashion (Canada) - - Contents - By Greg Hud­son

Miriam Toews isn’t known as a hor­ror writer, yet her up­com­ing novel, women talk­ing, might just be one of the scari­est books i’ve ever read. Al­though it’s re­ally not that much of a depar­ture for toews, who has never shied away from dark sub­ject mat­ter. Her last novel—the award­win­ning all my puny sor­rows—is the based-on-true-events story of a fam­ily deal­ing with one sis­ter’s re­peated sui­cide at­tempts. It wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the most ob­vi­ous choice for best­selling book of the mo­ment, but such is toews’s tal­ent and heart. She was able to craft a heart­break­ing story of loss and em­pa­thy with­out it be­ing maudlin or (too) de­press­ing. In women talk­ing, the writer has set a sim­i­lar chal­lenge for her­self. The novel imag­ines what the women in a men­non­ite colony in bo­livia do af­ter it’s dis­cov­ered that the men in their com­mu­nity have been drug­ging and rap­ing the women, re­gard­less of age or re­la­tion. Toews man­ages to bal­ance the story of fe­male rage and em­pow­er­ment with hope and touches of hu­mour. »

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