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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.

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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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