A Boy of Good Breeding

Miriam Toews

A wonderfully warm, witty and wise novel of small-town dreams and eccentric families.

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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 . . .

Critic Reviews

"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

Critic Reviews

In the funny and touching A Boy of Good Breeding, Miriam Toews takes a witty look at life in Canada's smallest town.

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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.

Julie Wheelwright, Independent
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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.

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Barbara Trapido meets Northern Exposure in a topsy-turvy blend of farce and clear-eyed commonsense.

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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.

The Herald

Miriam Toews is the author of seven novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, Irma Voth, All My Puny Sorrows, and Women Talking, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. 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…

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