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Women Talking: A Novel

Women Talking: A Novel

Scritto da Miriam Toews

Narrato da Matthew Edison


Women Talking: A Novel

Scritto da Miriam Toews

Narrato da Matthew Edison

valutazioni:
4/5 (39 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
5 ore
Pubblicato:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781501998782
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

A transformative and necessary work — as completely unexpected as it is inspired — by the award-winning author of the best-selling 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 48 hours as eight women gather in secret in a neighbor'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.

Pubblicato:
Apr 2, 2019
ISBN:
9781501998782
Formato:
Audiolibro

Informazioni sull'autore

MIRIAM TOEWS is the author of seven novels: All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth, and Women Talking, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.


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  • (5/5)
    It was such a bittersweet joy to bear witness to these women's stories through Toews' precise voice. She makes you feel as though you are sitting in the barn's loft, own your own milk jug, rooting for the women of Malachna to own their sense of resilience and forge a place of their own in the world. You poignantly feel these women's frustration as their conversation echoes many secular women's plights.
  • (5/5)
    Loved the ethical and philosophical discussions, interwoven with humor, in this wonderful novel. Provocative and thoughtful.