WHAT WILL SHE DO NEXT? That, of course, was the question after the masterpiece that is AMPS. The answer is completely unexpected, and utterly brilliant, and affirms Miriam Toews’ status as one of our most vital and important writers.
TIMELY, TIMELY, TIMELY: Although she could not have known this as she wrote it, Miriam has crafted a fable-like book for our time, one that takes us unflinchingly to the dark heart of the structure of power, and its abuse, between men and women. The title says it all: it is both literal (the book is, in fact, comprised entirely of women talking); and a metaphor: it shows the subversive power of women, talking.
BRIEF AND DEVASTATING: This book is a bravura performance that many will read in one sitting, unable to turn away.
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“Women Talking is an astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I’ve read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Florida
“Miriam Toews’s Women Talking is a flawless, ferocious work of art…[An] illuminating quest to comprehend the most vital contours of the human experience: what is agency, what is meaning, what is justice, what is love. This is the kind of novel that changes you. Get ready.” —Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“Miriam Toews has written a modern classic…real and warm and terrifying…It’s a perfect work of art.” —Catherine Lacey, author of The Answers and Nobody is Ever Missing
“I am in awe of this novel. In Toews’s brilliant design, eight women in a Mennonite hayloft tell a story that is terrifying, joyful, gruesome, and magnetic. What a reckoning—and what a gift.” —Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks
“Women Talking is not an easy book. Toews doesn’t hold back from presenting readers with the bloody truth of the abuse the women suffered, or…their enshrined acceptance of it…. As the women work through their options and ultimately reach a consensus, readers bear witness to their enlightenment and self-actualization. And that, when it happens, is a beautiful, hopeful thing to behold.” — Quill & Quire (starred review)
“[A] sharp blade of a novel…. Toews’s eviscerating fictionalization of this incendiary reality focuses not on the violence but, rather, on the keen, subversive intelligence of the Mennonite women, their philosophical casts of mind, clashing personalities, and deep concerns about family and faith.” —Booklist (starred review)
“[A]n inspiring and unforgettable novel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exquisite critique of patriarchal culture…. Stunningly original and altogether arresting.” —Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Toews proves brilliant at conveying character and relationships through dialogue, delineating each woman with loving precision…. The book’s language is Faulknerian. It has a timeless, universal quality.” —The Guardian
“Women Talking expands a small true story into a discussion of significance to all womankind…. Understated, insistent…Toews’s talents have never been showy. They lie in creating tiny, believable moments that make precise incisions in the centre of the human heart.” —The Globe and Mail
“Compelling…. Women Talking is no ordinary book, and even before hitting the shelves it’s got people talking. Some who received advance copies, including Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, have placed it firmly in the camp of feminist books that will become part of a canon that questions the patriarchy.” —Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star
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