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Indiespensable, Volume 50: The Bone Clocks

All My Puny Sorrows

by Miriam Toews

Subscribers receive:
* A signed first-edition of All My Puny Sorrows in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
* A collectible booklet featuring the interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Miriam Toews
* Other surprises!

All My Puny Sorrows, the new novel from renowned Canadian author and perennial Powell's favorite Miriam Toews, is her most heartbreaking and poignant work to date. The novel centers on the relationship between Elfrieda and Yolandi, two loving and incredibly close adult sisters raised in a small Mennonite community. Elf has battled severe depression all her life, and is determined to commit suicide (as their father did some years before). Yoli wants desperately to keep her sister alive, but also wants to respect her wishes and acknowledge her suffering. A remarkable and very autobiographical novel, the Giller Prize–shortlisted All My Puny Sorrows is impossible to put down, and, despite the difficult subject matter, showcases Toews's trademark wit. Yoli, Elf, and their extended family and friends are superb characters who will stay with you long after the book is over, and Toews writes with beauty, grace, and overwhelming love. We are proud to choose Miriam Toews for the second time as the featured author in Indiespensable #50, which is a first in our subscription program.

[A] masterful, original investigation into love, loss and survival." Kirkus (Starred Review)
Stunning....A powerful and enthralling book." The Independent (UK)
Brilliant….In this devastating novel — as in life itself — tenderness and tragedy are, like siblings, forever bound." The Globe and Mail


Previous Indiespensable installments:

Indiespensable #46

The Blazing World

The Blazing World

by Siri Hustvedt

"Blazing indeed…with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity." – Kirkus (Starred Review)

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