All My Puny Sorrows

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.92 hours)
Product Number: Z09905
Released: Jan 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490658957
Narrator/s: Erin Moon
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Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda's life is enviable (she's a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi's a mess (she's divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close - raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf's desire to end her life. After Elf's latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die. All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada's most beloved authors - not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much a comedy as it is a tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.

Author(s): Miriam Toews
Awards:2014-Fiction-Shortlist-Scotiabank Giller Prize
Imprint: Maple Leaf

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Miriam Toews
Narrator(s): Erin Moon
Product Number DA0338
Released: Apr 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490658940
Author(s): Miriam Toews
Product Number EB00654631
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: McSweeney's
ISBN: #9781940450698

Professional reviews

"In this quasi-autobiographical audiobook, Miriam Toews explores the pain of loving and caring for a family member who is ravaged by mental illness. Erin Moon narrates the story of Yolandi, the twice-divorced single parent and less than successful younger sister of Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist who has a loving husband and support group. Using a world-weary voice, Moon draws listeners into this world. The bookÕs language is beautiful, but the subject is depressing, and listening is difficult. Moon successfully conveys, in every word, the pain, hopelessness, and despair of Yolandi, who cannot save her talented older sister from the demons in her mind who torture her and make death more inviting than all the love in her life. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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