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Knute is a twenty-four-year-old single mother who returns home to Algren with her daughter to look after her father Tom, who has suffered a heart attack. Meanwhile, Hosea Funk, a friend of Tom’s and the mayor of Algren has a lot on his mind. The prime minister has promised to pay a visit to whichever town in Canada has the smallest population. Algren has held this position for some time but recent baby booms and returning families, like Knute, threaten to tip Algren over the magic 1500 . . .
"A Boy of Good Breeding caught me at the throat, made me laugh and weep with sad-sweet joy .... [The characters ] get under your skin, and finally, it seems, into your very blood, where they quicken the heart ....Tonic for the spirit: a charming, deeply moving, unerringly human story, perfectly shaped and beautifully told." The Globe and Mail
"Reading [Toews ] is like climbing into a fizzy bath of lunatic humour ....Buried in the mysteries of parenthood, love and death are at least a couple of home truths." Toronto Star
In the funny and touching A Boy of Good Breeding, Miriam Toews takes a witty look at life in Canada's smallest town.
A Boy of Good Breeding is seriously funny, rather brilliantly structured and full of characters who speak the same laconic language as Garrison Keillor's in Lake Wobegon.
Toews' characters and plot-turns evoke all the eccentricity you'd expect of small-town living, in a Margaret-Atwood-meets-Toni-Morrison kind of way. Refreshing, funny and loveable, this sweet story warms the heart.
Barbara Trapido meets Northern Exposure in a topsy-turvy blend of farce and clear-eyed commonsense.
Endearing small-town comedy... encroaching a little on Garrison Keillor's territory with a cast of offbeat characters who awkwardly insist on leading their own lives.