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A Complicated Kindnessby Miriam Toews
The wonderful thing about A Complicated Kindness is that, though it is deeply sad (and beautifully written), it is persistently hilarious. The savvy teenage narrator uses dark humor as a survival tactic, and she's full of wry insight and sardonic, deadpan descriptions that made me laugh even during the saddest scenes. In my experience, it's hard to find literature that honestly depicts suffering (and realistically flawed yet still lovable characters) without an overpowering sense of empty hopelessness. The pain in A Complicated Kindness is undercut by humor in an honest, authentic way that conveys a powerful sense of hope.
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With fierce originality and brilliance, Toews takes us straight to the centre of young girl's world and the complicated kindness at the heart of family life.
"Destined to become a coming-of-age classic." Elle
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