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Book of the Month

A reason to read...

The Canadian author once again mines her cultural background in a wonderfully drawn celebration of intergenerational bonding

Fight Night : 'A Gem: humour and hope in the face of suffering' Observer - Miriam Toews

Now she's at home, suspended from school. Mom is pregnant and preoccupied - and so Swiv is in the older woman's charge, receiving a very different form of education from a teacher with a style all her own. Grandma likes her stories fast, troublesome and funny.

She's known the very worst that life can throw at you - and has met it every time with a wild, unnamable spirit, fighting for joy and independence every step of the way.

But will maths lessons based on Amish jigsaws and classes on How to Dig a Winter Grave inspire the same fire in Swiv, and ensure it never goes out?Time is running short.

Grandma's health is failing, the baby is on the way, as a family of three extraordinary women prepare to face life's great changes together. Poignant, hilarious and deeply moving, Fight Night is a girl's love letter to the women raising her and a tribute to one family's fighting spirit.



Meet the Author

Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews was born in Manitoba, Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She is the author of seven bestselling novels: Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Irma Voth, The Flying Troutmans, A Complicated Kindness, A Boy of Good Breeding, and Summer of My Amazing Luck, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. Her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award.


All My Puny Sorrows was adapted into a film by Michael McGowan, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021. A film adaptation of Women Talking is forthcoming, written and directed by Sarah Polley and starring Frances McDormand, Ben Whishaw, Rooney Mara, Clare Foy and Jessie Buckley.

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