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Miriam Toews

Author of A Complicated Kindness

11+ Works 7,597 Members 373 Reviews 19 Favorited

About the Author

Miriam Toews was born in 1964 in Canada. She is best known for her novels A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award for body of work. She is also a two-time show more finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a two-time winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Toews had a leading role in the feature film Silent Light, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker, Carlos Reygadas and winner of the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize, an experience that influenced her fifth novel, Irma Voth. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Miriam Toews, Mariam Toews, Myriam Toews

Works by Miriam Toews

A Complicated Kindness (2004) 2,284 copies
Women Talking (2018) 1,401 copies
All My Puny Sorrows (2014) 1,293 copies
The Flying Troutmans (2008) 917 copies
Fight Night (2021) 505 copies
Irma Voth (2011) 427 copies
A Boy of Good Breeding (1998) 311 copies
Summer of My Amazing Luck (1996) 253 copies
Swing Low: A Life (2000) 204 copies
The Misstep 1 copy

Associated Works

McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contributor — 335 copies
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contributor — 136 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 84 copies
McSweeney's Issue 48 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2014) — Contributor — 65 copies
Granta 137: Followers (2016) — Contributor — 56 copies
Granta 144: Generic Love Story (2018) — Contributor — 55 copies
A/Cross Sections: New Manitoba Writing (2007) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Toews, Miriam
Birthdate
1964
Gender
female
Nationality
Canada
Birthplace
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Places of residence
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Education
University of Manitoba
University of King's College
Occupations
journalist
novelist
actor
Relationships
Toews, Georgia (daughter)
Toews, Owen (son)
Awards and honors
Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award (2010)
Agent
Carolyn Swayze (Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency)
Short biography
Miriam Toews, geboren 1964 in Steinbach/Manitoba, ist eine der wichtigsten kanadischen Gegenwartsautorinnen. Sie studierte Filmwissenschaften und Journalismus und arbeitete für Presse und Rundfunk. Mit ihrem Roman Ein komplizierter Akt der Liebe, ausgezeichnet mit dem Governor General's Award for Fiction, wurde sie international bekannt. Für Die fliegenden Trautmans erhielt sie unter anderem den Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Bei Hoffmann und Campe erschien 2018 ihr Roman Die Aussprache. Sie lebt in Toronto.

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I loved this book. The characterizations leaped alive on the page. I could see the grandmother, the granddaughter and her mother. I want to read all of [a:Miriam Toews|8359|Miriam Toews|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1322022303p2/8359.jpg]'s novels. Peppered with priceless humorous bits, sadness and trauma, this little family carries on its days including a singular trip to Fresno, Raisin Capital of the World.
 
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mamalovesfour | 30 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |
Beautifully written. Though not YA, it would be great reading for 14 teens. Adults will recognize elements of their teenhood in the sharp observations of the protagonist.
 
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Dorothy2012 | 65 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
I so wanted to like this book, but I found it boring, taking me weeks to read. I appreciate the premise, and the writing was good, I was just not engaged with the style in which it was written.

I wouldn't say don’t read it, I would say be prepared for a slow move and some questions about what you just read.

I would like to explain what the book is about but the inside flap explains it all. Period. It’s all there. Read the flap, you’ve read the book.
 
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Works
11
Also by
7
Members
7,597
Popularity
#3,213
Rating
3.8
Reviews
373
ISBNs
242
Languages
12
Favorited
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